What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God. (Ro 3:1-2 NIV)
This passage lept off the page and grabbed me at my very first reading of it. Perhaps it is because it stood out among all of the writing regarding how both Jew and Gentile alike need a Savior just as much as the other. (Note: For those not familiar with the term "gentile", if you are not Jewish, YOU are a gentile.) However, with more reflection, I know why the passage stood out to me: I also have been entrusted with the very words of God.
All of us who are believers are entrusted with the Word of God to know it, to live it and to proclaim it. Yes, the Jews were the first of all peoples to receive the Word of God in the form of His law back in Moses' day. I wonder if Paul in his letter to the Romans was really just trying to make them feel better as he also proclaimed that the Gentiles were also given access to God. At any rate, if we have the Word of God in our hands and are saved from God's wrath by the blood of Jesus, we too are entrusted with God's Word.
Individuals with the gift of teaching have an even greater responsibility towards how they must handle the Word of God. We must proclaim it. So keeping my recent meditations in mind, it was no wonder that as I sat in my church service yesterday morning, I became deeply troubled at what was presented - or was not presented - in the day's sermon. Yes, the subject was a topic drawn from expository teaching of God's Word. However, it seemed to me that there were more quotes from other men's writings about the bible than there were actual readings of the bible. My question is this: When did it become so "chic" to quote so many other scholars rather than the bible itself to support the bible?
Please know that I'm not simply writing this post to "trash" my church or any other for that matter. I'm not even sure that I could make this kind of observation consistently during my Sunday morning services. But yesterday, due to my reading and pondering of Romans 3:1-2, I couldn't help but notice. The undiluted Word of God got to me. How have you let it get to you?
Handling the Truth...Ask yourself...
- How good a steward am I of God's word? Do I know its treasures?
- What am I doing to share the power of God's word to others?
- What can I do today?
- How can I do more?