“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”Matthew 22:29
But I just would like to address the scripture part.
Centuries before Jesus made the above statement, David had acknowledged the importance of God’s Word in leading him in the right path. In Psalm 119:105, he states:
‘Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.’
A lamp… a light… what this means though is that the feet of the man walking without the knowledge of the Word of God is shrouded in darkness. And that is what Jesus affirmed in our opening text when He said that those who walk without the knowledge of the scriptures are prone to error.
Therefore the first thing for us to do is commit to studying the scriptures daily. There is no substitute for the scriptures – not even the most powerful preaching of it. And God’s prescription for us is to study and meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8).
But like me, you might wonder why multitudes who have the knowledge of scriptures, amongst whom are some with high academic qualifications in Biblical Studies, still stumble and walk in error? If all it took to walk aright is to acquire the knowledge of the Word, why are multitudes in the Church, including entire denominations walking in error?
We can only avoid error if we choose to follow only the path where the scriptures guide us to go. To do otherwise is to literarily throw the ‘lamp’ and the ‘light’ away for the knowledge of scripture is only beneficial if we follow the path it shows us.
We know from scriptures that ‘…the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life…’ While the head knowledge of scripture is of itself not harmful, yet what we need and must seek is the Word – taught and quickened in us by the Holy Spirit. In John 14:26, Jesus said:
‘But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things….’
All we need to do, as often as we open our Bibles, is to ask for His help to know and to understand the scriptures. But above all, we must ask for the grace to be doers of the Word.
Armed with the knowledge of the scriptures and determined to live a life pleasing to God, we can be rest assured of overcoming the errors that come with the ignorance of the scriptures.
I pray that the Holy Spirit will take His rightful place as our Teacher; I pray that beginning from today we will experience a new dimension of the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word; I pray that God will fill us with great capacity for His Word but above all I pray that God will cause every of His good Word that we believe and trust in to become ‘flesh’ in our lives in Jesus name!