WednesdayJune 27, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 4B
"The Bible: Understanding Line by Line"

Do we ever doubt our ability to understand God's Word?
Have we ever felt that we need someone else to help us understand the passages from God's Word?
Do we sometimes feel inadequate when reading our bible?
We begin by accepting responsibility for finding the answers to these questions. God observes the effort that we put forth as He begins to give us direction: He guides
us and removes the confu- sion we all face. We're not required to have all the answers and God takes note of our effort; He responds the very moment we begin to seek His truth. Our job is to initiate the action that will bring forth the help we need. A little of His help is more than enough as He provides everything we need to under- stand Him while at the same time helping us to under- stand ourselves.
The answers to these
questions are found in God's Word.
He addresses this issue in Isaiah 28:9 (KJV) which
reads: "Whom
shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts."
We see here that the
doctrine of Christ will be received by all who wean themselves and earnestly seek his word.
The next verse reads:
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little."
Here we see that we can't take a verse out of context. We must follow line upon line to obtain the truth that flows from God's Word to us. In this manner we will never
allow ourselves to take a verse out of context and we'll receive the message that God is sending us.
Isaiah 28:12-13 (KJV) continues:
"To whom he said, 'This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest: and this is the refreshing'; yet they would not hear.
"But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."
God's word, the truth, is your rest that is refreshing; we cannot rely on periodicals and commentaries that offer mans guidance. God pro- vides His truth to you, line by line as His desire is to snare or rescue you from the false teachings we often find elsewhere.
Isaiah 28:16 (KJV) reads:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foun- dation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
God is making it clear that Christ will return to Mt. Zion and that He alone is our foundation, our precious corner stone; He provides the foundation of truth that sets our course. This enables us to find out who we are and what God's purpose is for us in his life.
Isaiah 28:17 (KJV) states:
"Judgement also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place."

God's truth brings us to Him as His truth snares us away from death and hell by sweeping away false teachings. The Truth of God removes all hiding places; He lays down the line.
Continuing with Isaiah 29:13 (KJV):
"Wherefore the Lord said, forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips
do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men."
God will not settle for man's word of rhetoric. He sees what's in our heart and lets us know that the pre- cepts of man will steer us away from Him. His word, line by line, precept upon precept is the only way to receive His Truth.
God expects u to do our part and He's always there when we fall short. He always meets us more than halfway and he fully expects us to communicate "one on one" with Him. The moment we're ready, He will open our eyes and ears to His truth.
The only help we need in understanding His Word will
come from God. His plan akes no allowances for the traditions of man. We learn our mission in life by taking the time to study His word. The choice is simple; we either depend on man's word or God's word as we set our course in this life.
Let us summarize by understanding that God's word is written to us and He expects us to dig out His Truth. We need to pray for guidance and work extra hard in our search to under- standing the message He is sending us.
Are we prepared to work extra hard to obtain His Truth?
Have we set aside a little time from today's busy schedule?
Have we asked for His assistance to help us understand?


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