97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to
These verses are extremely controversial, aren’t they? Many “church” leaders tell their people that only they can interpret the Scriptures. I came out of such a religion (Roman Catholicism). Granted, the Catholic Church has backed down a bit and now allows its members to read the Bible, but this was not always the case. But their permission comes with a “warning” that the layman’s interpretation may be wrong so they must double check with their priest to be certain.
This is quite different from what today’s verses state! Let me ask you, dear reader, a question. Is God’s word true or isn’t it? If you have not read yesterday’s devotional, take a moment to read it now before continuing then click on “Back” on your Browser. John 17:17 says that God’s word is truth. Jesus spoke these words and, furthermore, He states that the word sanctifies us – it sets us apart, but from whom or what?
The Psalmist confirms in Psalm 119:98-100 that by reading God’s word, and meditating on it, he can be wiser than his enemies, even his teachers and the “ancients” (his forefathers). These same “church” leaders will tell you that the “fundies” (fundamentalists) are incorrectly interpreting the Scriptures. Others claim that we cannot have God’s word today because the “original autographs” are not here any longer. However, the word says in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that NO scripture is of ANY private interpretation. Psalm 12:6-7 promises us that the word is preserved by God. It is the Holy Spirit of God that impressed upon holy men as to what to write down. To deny this truth is to deny the power of God!
We can and we do have the ability to read God’s word, as a born-again Christian, and understand what we are reading without needing anyone to interpret it for us! Why? Because the Holy Spirit of God resides within us and interprets to us what the words mean. Look at James 1:5! We don’t need to get our wisdom from man: In fact, man’s wisdom is foolishness to God – I Corinthians 3:19. I will probably receive a few comments on this post from precious, deceived Roman Catholics, asking how I can account for so many different interpretations of the same verse by Christians. Let me answer these comments right here and now. Let’s look at the following passage and you will see how CLEAR God makes it for us:
~I Corinthians 2:10-16 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Who reveals the word of God to us? I Corinthians 2:10 says that God, the Holy Spirit does. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God because man cannot do so (1 Corinthians 2:11). Paul continues to tell us that the born-again Christian does not have the spirit of the world any longer but the spirit, which is of God (HIS Holy Spirit). Because we have His Holy Spirit living within us, I Corinthians 2:12 continues to say that He will give to us the wisdom – He will explain to us exactly what He meant. Furthermore, I Corinthians 2:13 says that He will teach us what we need to know so we can compare spiritual things with spiritual! Lastly, dear friend, 1 Corinthians 2:14 explains why there are so many different interpretations. The ones who interpret differently are considered “natural man” by Paul. The natural man, the unsaved man, cannot receive the things of the Holy Spirit! The Bible will sound foolish to them. Christ, through His precious Holy Spirit teaches the born-again Christian and gives us the mind of Christ. If you step into a church filled with true born-again Christians, you will hear the same interpretation of Scripture amongst them. It is only in the world that the Bible is misinterpreted. Why? Because it is being interpreted by those who do not possess the Holy Spirit – the unsaved!
God is the one who gives wisdom to His child (James 1:5). He promises to give ample wisdom to those who seek it. Wisdom comes from fearing (reverencing) God. Read: Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7, and Proverbs 9:10. When one fears God, he recognizes that he is a sinner in need of repentance unto salvation. At the moment that sinner recognizes his sinfulness and need for Christ, he begins to receive wisdom. That wisdom applied results unto salvation and, then, understanding followed. Read Job 28:28. Once we are saved, we run away from evil – that is our desire as I Peter 3:10-12 instructs. Today’s “supposed Christian” mingles with the world and does not run away from evil. That is why they cannot understand the Scriptures. First off, they are not truly born again as II Corinthians 5:17 plainly explains. That is the key to living a separated life unto Christ. How can a Christian live by I Peter 1:16 except he have the Holy Spirit residing in him? We are blessed with the ability and power to say “No!” to sin. We have the ability to quote Scripture when in the midst of temptation and be able to overcome it (I Corinthians 10:13).
God loves His child and provides us with clear teaching as to how to find Him, receive Him, and to follow Him! Any author can tell you that he/she is the best one to interpret their work because they wrote it. Why, then, would God leave us at the mercy of someone else’s interpretation of His word?
Praise His holy name!!