227 – Numbers – A timeout?
A different kind of post
This week I wanted to reveal to my audience my motivations for writing devotional posts every week, which by the way, is something I thoroughly love doing. I’m spending time on this because I believe it may be of great encouragement to some. Like most things, my motivations as they are today have evolved and matured over time, but I’ll spare you all the details of that process.
I’ve learned to study the Bible
Today I write because I have learned (and am still learning) how to consistently read, study, and dare I say understand the Holy Bible. I would like you to understand something. Anyone, no, everyone can learn how to study the word of God. I am not an intellectual person. I have average intelligence. I don’t have a college degree. I hated school as a kid. I never (ok maybe once) did homework. I never learned how to take notes and I hardly read anything let alone textbook assignments. I was just smart enough to eek by on tests based on the lectures so I could be pushed along through high school to graduation.
Now, I study every week (love doing it) so I can share a devotional post with you. What would all of my teachers and classmates think about that? If I can do it, so can you! Every time I put forth even the slightest effort to read/study Yahweh God’s message to us I am truly blessed and encouraged. Sometimes what I discover contradicts what I think I know. Sometimes the word of God convicts and challenges me. Sometimes it seems I come away with more questions than I started with, but every time my life is enriched in the process.
I love the Bible
Simply put, I love the word of God and I want to share it with you. It’s not my conclusions that are important. What’s eternally, critically important is God’s message to us that He chose to record in the pages of the Bible. I hunger for His word, and I want you to hunger for it too! I’m hoping my passion for the Bible is highly contagious.
Writing weekly helps me stay consistent
I have to study in order to have something to say about the scriptures. Writing regularly is a sort of an imposed discipline – or an encouragement to encounter and study the Bible often.
I believe it is what God wants
I get the sense that God is pleased when I communicate His Word to others. Ask my friends, my Pastors, my family, I love to talk about Yahweh and His Word. I pray as I study and write. I want God to be exalted and glorified. I feel called by God to communicate His word to His glory however I can.
Biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high
We have more Bible translations available to us on more platforms than ever before (printed, computer, cell phone, etc.) and yet fewer and fewer people ever look at the word of God. Consider the following quotes.
“…the number of printed English translations and paraphrases of the Bible, whether complete or not, is about 900.” https://news.americanbible.org/article/number-of-english-translations-of-the-bible
“According to a 2017 study by Lifeway Research, about half (53%) of the 1,000 Americans surveyed have read none, or very little, of the Bible. Bible IQ notes the Lifeway research results are consistent with other Biblical research. By all measures, this translates to a crisis – a Biblical illiteracy crisis!” https://www.bibleiq.org/survey-reveals-most-people-are-biblical-illiterate/
Please, read your Bible. Please, study your Bible.
In 2017 I wrote about this portion of Numbers. This post fits with where we are in our current study. Please click the link to read it.