Using the Bible
Q 5: May all men make use of the Holy Scripture?
A: All men are not only permitted, but commanded and exhorted to read, hear, and understand the Holy Scriptures.
“Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.”
(Psalms 119:27 ESV)
Suppose the point of every human life was to eventually build a rocket, launch it to the moon, and set up shop there. If that was the assignment that we were given by our creator, and our creator gave us a book to read that had the instructions for building that rocket, equations necessary to get it off the ground, and the rules for building a colony on the moon, would it not be incumbent on us, then, to read that book? Of course, it would!
If another human builder of rockets started telling people they weren’t smart enough to read the book, that they should just trust him regarding how it was to be constructed, and that that person would gladly help us all build our colony, it would make sense for each of us to test those words by comparing them to the actual book. Knowing that people are sinners would prevent us from just trusting them to do the work for us. After all, this was the command for EVERY human, not only one.
Our creator gave us a book. He gave us His Word that tells us about Him. It tells us about his creation, man’s failure to keep the law and enslavement to sin, God’s plan to redeem mankind through the work of His Son, the fulfilment of that plan, and how man should be changed and looking forward to the end of sin and death. And we are not only permitted, but commanded to read that book.
Because our desire should be to please our creator, to follow hard after him, and to obey everything he has commanded, our first action must be to know what he has commanded. This desire is why we pray with the Psalmist, “Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.” (Psalm 119:27) God’s law is not a list of rules to hold us down and keep us from life, it is the instruction book and commands telling us how God has granted life to those who repent and believe. Why would we not want to read that?
Read Psalm 119:25-32 and answer the following questions:
- How do we get the life that the Psalmist references in verse 25?
- What do you need to understand the Scriptures correctly?
- When we are struggling with the things of life, how are we strengthened?
- What are some things that you have had to stop believing because Scripture tells you something different?
- Verse 30 says that the Psalmist set God’s rules before him. This verse means he desires not to look any other way. Are there things that are pulling your attention from God’s Word right now? Confess those things to God.