Morning. I’d like to start by turning to Deuteronomy chapter 11 verse 19:
Let’s pray. Lord, I just thank you for this morning. Lord, thank you that we’ve all been able to come in to fellowship with each other. Lord, I just pray that you will bring your Word this morning. Lord, I pray that you’ll help me speak Lord, and that you’ll help people’s hearts receive the Word you want them to receive. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I’ve recently started trying to read through the Bible slowly, with my boys, to get through about two chapters a day (if we’re lucky!). And we’ve been slowly working through Deuteronomy, and it was interesting when I came across this verse. It kind of hit home to me because we had been reading a lot in Deuteronomy and Leviticus before and there’s a lot of emphasis there on the Law: how the Israelites are to obey the Law, how the Levites are to run the Temple and all their duties, and what the priests are supposed to do and all the things they have to look after, and things like that.
An interesting thing was when it came to who is responsible for teaching God’s Law. It wasn’t the duty of the Levites or the priests to teach it to the people, it was the responsibilities of fathers to teach it to their children, and they’re supposed to be doing it all the time.
And the thing for me that hit home is that fathers are all different kinds of people, of all different ages, all different professions, all different education, skills, gifts.
That means that Christ, that God’s Word, needs to be accessible to every single person. It’s not just for the pastor, not just for the preacher, not just for the evangelist. God’s Word is for everyone.
In today’s world, with so much easy access to information, so much easy access to teachers from all over the world, we can very easily just sit and listen to other people preaching the Word of God to us, or to other people explaining God’s Word to us, but how much time do we spend ourselves in God’s Word?
Don’t get me wrong, we are greatly blessed to have access to all the teachers and God even says in Ephesians 4 that he gave us teachers specifically to help open the world for us.
But God’s Word is also there for us to delve into. So today, I wanted to look into the importance of us taking our own personal time and spending that time reading God’s Word, and spending time in the Bible for ourselves.
Before we start, I thought it would be important to look at how God’s Word is accessible to all of us.
As you saw in the opening scripture, God wants fathers to look after the faith of their children and He reiterates that in the New Testament as well.
So, you see in Ephesians 6 verse 4,
God’s expectation is the same throughout all time. He expected it in the Old Testament, expects it in the New Testament, that we are supposed to bring up our children in the Lord.
So, how can we, as believers of all different levels of faith, in all different parts of our walk, or at different degrees of knowledge of the Word, be able to able to do that? How are we to take care of teaching the Word of God to our children?
To me, the answer is nicely summed up in 1 Corinthians 2.6-16:
There’s quite a lot to take in there but, to me, the interesting thing is that there are two kinds of wisdom:
- There’s the wisdom of the world of this age which is always changing from age to age, and then,
- There’s the wisdom of God. And the wisdom of God is the same today as it was yesterday and forever because God does not change.
As we saw, the natural man does not accept the wisdom of God and that’s because the natural man does not have the Spirit of God. But, fortunately, when we are saved, as you saw in verse 12, God gives us His Spirit.
So, we see that in 1 Corinthians 6 verse 19
and we see again in Romans 8 verse 9-11
We see in these verses that, when we are saved God, gives us His Spirit and that it is His Spirit in God’s Word, who searches the depths of God.
And in verse 11 the Spirit knows the thoughts of God and, since God knows everything and His Spirit is in you, God knows your thoughts. Therefore, God’s Spirit knows our thoughts too.
And we see in 1 Peter 1.23 that God’s Word is a living Word as it says:
and in Hebrews 4.12 it talks about
Therefore, through the Spirit of God, He can make His Word alive to you.
As you saw, the natural man does not understand the things of God. But when we read the Word of God, God’s Spirit brings that Word alive for us.
Because, the amazing thing I found about God’s Word over the years is that,
As we grow, we can grow in God’s Word, but God’s Word is accessible to anyone who’s willing to take the time to read it and that’s why, for me, it’s important that teachers can open up God’s Word to us and really help with understanding, but when you take time and you meditate on it, and you read it for yourself, it gives time for God to really talk to you and to open up His Word for you.