As we move on to our third portion on this very first page about the Bible, we are looking at Scripture related to understanding and knowing the Word.
In his entry for Luke 24:44-45 his notation reads: Understand Scripture.
Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
I think my Great Uncle’s notation was really points the last part of the verses, that Christ opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. If, I’m correct, then this is a pretty good reminder. If we want to understand the Scriptures, we can pray for that understanding. Solomon asked for wisdom, understanding, and the ability to discern what is right and wrong (good/evil) in 1 Kings 3. We, too, can ask God for wisdom and understanding when it comes to the Scriptures.
The next entry, for Matthew 22:29 was noted: Err not knowing Scriptures.
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.”
Pretty straightforward. We make mistakes because we don’t know the Scriptures and the power of God. If we want to know God, what His purposes are for us, we needn’t look any further than in His word. If we don’t know, we aren’t looking.
The third notation, accompanying the entry for 2 Tim 3:15 reads: from a child
2 Timothy 3:15
and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Again, a pretty straightforward verse. Here, Paul is recognizing that Timothy is a qualified leader in his stead, trustworthy, and has Paul’s confidence. Why? Partly because Timothy has been no stranger to the Word. In fact Paul credits both Timothy’s mother and grandmother for helping develop his faith. This tells us that learning about our faith, the Word, is not something that needs to be saved until adulthood but rather part of the childhood upbringing.
The fourth entry is Romans 15:4 and the notation beside it reads: Our learning.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
The Scriptures were written not just to tell a history, but for our instruction… or for our learning. Not just that we know what rules to follow but rather that in those pages we would find encouragement and hope.
So far, based on the progression of thought, I feel as if my Great Uncle was either taking some sort of foundations of the faith type class or doing his own logical study. This seems like a train of thought, stringing together points that support the category. Sort of a walk through of thought…. what is the Bible, why should we believe it, how does it apply today, what do we do with it?
We are going to wrap up this category in the next two posts.
Part 4 we are going to address the notations of “private interpretation”, “rejection”, and “proclamation”.
Part 5 we will wrap up the BIBLE category with what the Bible has to say about Jesus’ identity, being ready to give an answer about our hope, and the final entry about how God speaks to His people.
Then we will move on to our next category, TRINITY. Which I am going to assume means that we will see how the Bible explains the different roles of within the trinity. There are less notations next to the Scriptures listed, so I may find as I get into it other points.