23. THE WRITTEN WORD OF GOD NEEDS BE AT EVERY MEAL,
IT CAN CLEANSE ANY POISON OFFERED BY THE DEVIL’S CHEFS
Did you ever eat at a buffet restaurant, and see many foods that you were unsure of even what they were... it can take a bit of intestinal fortitude to eat some of them. One time, I tried what looked like pieces of chicken, and it turned out to be 'frog legs'. Another strange looking piece of meat turned out to be raw fish... The latter was not appreciated, the first (frog legs) turned out to be all right.
God feeds us His Word, written and spoken, giving us meals (pablum, milk, or meat) of a wide variety of truths. Some are afraid to eat, not sure what is the food, and will it be digestible.
To the babes in Christ, there is the milk, and easily digestible food to be assimilated and make us mature to pablum, and from there to meat. The meat meals are choked on by many. They perhaps have not gotten enough of the milk and pablum to mature to the level of understanding needed for some truths.
Yet, God has spoken, and wants us to learn, grow, mature, and share the same meat that we have been given.
We need not fear the truth, if the truth is coming from God. Some who claim to have prepared a meal for us, from God, may have spoiled the recipe, may have poisoned the food, intentionally, or unintentionally. The buffet given us in churches, or on the internet, or on television and radio, or in books, claiming to be well cooked meals, may be tainted, poisoned, or spoiled by the humans involved in its preparation.
A God Who can create us, can also talk to us. We should desire to know what He has to say. He understands our languages, He sees our heart and knows what we mean in every word we speak. Yet, we seem to not understand His language sometimes.
"God, Who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..."
The Bible is the revelation of God’s will. The Bible is not man’s attempt to find God, but God’s attempt to speak to mankind. There is ample proof that the Bible is God’s Word. There is unity of the 66 books over a span of 2000 years in the writing. There are miracles that came in confirmation of the preached Word. There is irrefutable fulfillment of Bible prophecies. The grand scope of the Book sets it apart from all other books. The influence of the Bible during the centuries is awesome. The scientific and historical accuracy is flawless. There is an excellent moral tone, that exceeds any manmade moral goals.
II Peter 1:21
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit..."
I Corinthians 14:37
"If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord."
Yet, for all of us today, the ancient Greek, and ancient Hebrew, in which the Bible is written is a foreign language. We depend on study, translation, Bible dictionaries, and need to study and find the harmony of the correct understanding of the Word. The bulk of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, and the bulk of the New Testament was written in Greek. There are no errors in copyists, or omission that affect any doctrine. The most ancient copies found (amidst the Dead Sea Scrolls, for instance) are shown to be the same as those copies of later origin, so that the translations we have, can be trusted to have been done from valid copies.
We need to verify translations, test the messages shared with us by the Word of God. We need to pray over the spiritual meals we are offered in the Spiritual buffets of this world.
The Bible is infallible. Some translations have errors of translation, or misconceptions due to changing connotations of words. Yet, when going to the original language to verify the message of translations, we find the original to be the infallible Word of God. So, the Bible is intelligible. We can understand it. The Bible is a ‘revelation’, meant to reveal, not conceal.
"...whatsoever things were written afore time, were written for our learning..."
The mysteries of God are no longer to be mysteries. There are things and concepts that our finite minds may not yet be able to comprehend, but that is not what the Bible is speaking. The Bible is God’s attempt to tell mankind what mankind is able to receive. God’s Word does not surpass mankind’s reason. God did not have the Bible written to tease mankind with ‘non-understandable’ truths.
The milk, pablum, or meat upon we are to dine spiritually, can be verified in study and in prayer, as to its validity, its purity, its harmony with the truth from God. Then we can 'come and dine' with our Lord, assured that the messages and doctrines we are assimilating into our person, are truly from the Lord's table.
Do not just blindly trust the human chefs of this world, who will claim to be infallible and trustworthy. Verify, pray, study, and be sure it is in harmony with God's Word. The best of intentions in some, does not guarantee lack of error. Any of us, all of us, can err, and need to be tested and tried by the Truth of the Word of God.