Sunday, March 15, 2015

This week's lesson (March 14-20): the humility of the wise

Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heard to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
and you are on earth,
so let your words be few.
     -- Ecclesiastes 5:2f (NIV)
Some things don't need to be said.

And some things shouldn't.

If you've ever listened to a small child tell a story, for instance, then you know what it means to suffer from waaaaay too much information.

I mean, you're not just going to hear about the cat that came to show-and-tell; no, you're going to hear all the gory details about where that cat sleeps . . . what it eats for breakfast . . . when it will come to school again . . . and how it set up it's retirement plan . . .

Kind of like some sermons.

There's a lot of gaps in the Bible, after all -- and lots of people trying to fill in those gaps. Yes, they try to answer all the questions that anyone might have about:
  • the first twelve-chapters of Genesis . . . 
  • or the first 30-years of Christ's life . . . 
  • or the precise sequence of events that will take place at the end of time.
And like that child with their story of the cat that came to show-and-tell, they can go on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and on . . . when you wish they'd just get to to the point.

Like the Bible gets to the point.
Which is why the Bible leaves out so much stuff we'd really like to know.
The Bible does not answer all our questions; it doesn't satisfy our curiosity about anything and everything we might like to know. No, as it says in Deuteronomy:
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.                                           -- Deuteronomy 29:29 (NIV)
That's why every believer should read the Bible with humility -- with the willingness to accept what it says, and to leave aside what it doesn't. 
In short, there's a lot of things the Bible doesn't need to say.
That's why there's some things we shouldn't.

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