One of the “joys” at work is getting to review notes. It’s so interesting to see how every person can get the same training, yet they all put their unique twist on how they interpret that knowledge. Sometimes, their documentation is “spot on.” Other times, well, let’s just say – they could use a little more practice. There are times when you have to talk to them to see what they meant. You don’t want to misinterpret what anyone means to say.
In a similar fashion, we have all been given the same “guidebook,” the Bible. It’s God’s Word. The problem comes when we try to put our own “spin” on things. We try to interpret His Word, like we think it ought to be. But – it’s not our Word. We need to view the context of who is doing the talking, what is being said, and who were they talking to – is it something specific that only applies to those present? Is it applicable to me? Paul urged Timothy to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15) We must teach the Word accurately, correctly. It’s not written for private interpretation, according to Peter – “. . .that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (II Peter 1:20) It has not changed.
It really doesn’t matter how we feel about it. Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one. God didn’t ask me for mine and He didn’t ask you for yours. What we think, doesn’t matter. We must live by His Word, for Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48) Yes, on Judgment Day, we will be judged by the Word of God. Have you studied His Word lately? God Bless, Courtney