It’s been a little bit since my last post, but I was in full conference preparation mode. I’m eager to share with you these last entries in the Bible Category of my Great Uncles little black notebook.
We begin with the Acts 13 notation:
“And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm: You are my Son, today I have begotten you.”
Pretty straightforward, and I can see the significance of this Scripture in his category about the Bible. We see here the recognition that the New Testament Jesus is the fulfillment to the Old Testament promise.
The next notation takes us to Matthew 8:
And behold they cried out, “What have you to do with us O son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?”
Now, this one threw me at first. As I would have expected to see this in a category about the deity or power of Jesus, or even miracles. Why would my Great Uncle note this under the category of the Scriptures (it’s purpose, credibility, etc.)? My assumption is that he saw it’s relevance because it points out that even the demons know the credibility of the Scriptures. They know how the story unfolds, which lends to it’s authority.
We then move to the notation on Hebrews 1:
For which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you?” or again, “I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son?”
While that mirrors Acts 13, references the Old Testament Psalms. Why this point twice in the same category? If this category is about the authenticity, authority, and credibility of the Scriptures… it could be simply to show consistency in the Word. Threaded Old Testament to New Testament. It also points to Jesus fulfillment, and his deity … that his not an angel, nor a prophet but the Son of God.
The next to final notation is 1 Peter 3:
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord a holy, always being prepare to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness, and respect.
1 Peter 3:15
The Scriptures are part of what helps us have a defense to those who asks about the hope that sets us apart from others. We have our testimony of how God worked and moved throughout our own personal lives, but we also have the Bible that has an Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in a New Testament Jesus. NT proving the OT, OT proving the NT. I personally love the point about using this Biblical defense with gentleness and respect.
Finally, our last entry, which is in Isaiah 28. This is the only entry so far in the notebook that indicates “Bible Study”. I’m not sure if that means this book is a culmination of Bible Study class, personal study, sermon notations. Or, if it signifies that this one particular entry alone is from a Bible Study. Isaiah 28 reads:
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. For by the people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the Lord will speak to His people, to whom he has said, “This is rest, give rest to the weary and this is repose”, yet they would not hear. And the word of the Lord will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem!
Isaiah 28:10-14 is about how God will reveal himself, his promises, his Word to his people. Concept by concept. Verse by verse. Little by little. In the message translation it says at the end of verse 13 that like toddlers they will get up, fall down, get bruised, confused, and lost. I think this points to our need to grow in our knowledge of the Word. Yes, the Bible is credible and authoritative. To understand it, we must grow in maturity, knowledge, and wisdom. He will reveal to us, at different paces, what He wants for us to take from the Word… little by little.