A bumper sticker has the following word of sarcastic wisdom printed on it: “If you can read this I am not impressed. Most people can read.”
Somewhere a teacher could use a little thanks. My older sister Vera taught me to read prior to my entry into the First Grade. I am deeply indebted to her for the rich life I have lived while reading good books.
A young preacher, Timothy, was advised thusly, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” 1 Timothy 4:13. This advice is nearly the same as that given to the people rebuilding the wall at Jerusalem in the days of Nehemiah 8:8, “So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” Reading has always been a mark of serious, godly people. The correct type of reading is given in both admonitions, and discovering the meaning is of utmost importance.
The first question Philip the Evangelist asked the man from Ethiopia was simple, “Do you understand what you are reading?” My translation. Due to a failure to learn the cultural meaning behind much scripture, many walk away from God’s Word thinking it to be mere ancient gibberish. The truth is, a little study would open an entire new world.
My bumper sticker reads, “If you can read this I’m not impressed. Most people can read. Do you understand?”
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