An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him . . .?”

(Matthew 12:3).

The old saying that men and rivers follow the paths of least resistance has sadly proven to be true. In the olden days, a person wishing to educate himself on a particular topic would procure and study books. Today, books are falling to the wayside, being replaced with videos of one format or another. The reason for this is obvious. When a person reads, he becomes an active participant; it takes effort to read. Reading requires that we think, analyze, deliberate, remember, and—above all—imagine. Watching videos is the exact opposite. When we watch a video, we become passive recipients instead of active participants. Video watching takes little (if any) real effort. In fact, watching interesting and entertaining videos is a good way to give our minds a rest after they’ve been working hard all day! There’s nothing wrong with watching videos of course, so long as they are not decidedly anti-Christian and we do so in moderation. Let us remember that when God wanted to disclose important information about His Person, His plan, and His people, He did so by writing a sacred library of books. God has given us His inscripturated revelation, the Holy Bible. As we peruse the sacred record, we read how the Lord was, on several occasions, shocked and concerned over the scriptural ignorance of His audience. “Have you not read?” He asked, fully expecting that those who claimed to believe in God would be familiar with His word. When they asked Him about His disciples “working” on the Sabbath, He replied with a question: “Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?” (Matthew 12:3-5). In other words, if they had known the Bible, they would not have condemned the guiltless (Matthew 12:7). When asked about marriage and divorce, the Lord again directed His questioners to the Bible. “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:4-5). If they had known the Scriptures, they would have understood God’s perfect plan for marriage. The Lord similarly addressed other questions put to Him regarding the resurrection (Matthew 22:31-32) and even His own identity (Mark 12:10-11). As custodians of God’s precious word, let us study it diligently, divide it rightly (2 Timothy 2:15), and share it with others as we have opportunity (Philippians 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:2).

God bless,

pastor john