Word 4U Today



If you type ‘Bible or the Bard’ into an internet search, you’ll come face to face with a quiz that asks stuff like ‘Who invented the phrase ‘give up the ghost’ – Shakespeare or the Bible?’

Frankly, would you know where that phrase came from? It’s a decent exercise for letting us know whether we’ve spent more time in the sonnets or the psalms, but the Bible is so much more than just a collection of snappy catchphrases.

So here’s where we level up and get serious. Paul says to Timothy,

‘Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analysing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skilfully teaching] the Word of Truth’

(2 Timothy 2:15 AMP)

That’s a tricky verse to understand, but it basically says

‘Get your head in the Bible. Know it. Understand it. Tell others about it.’

That doesn’t mean just memorizing the bits of the Word that give you the warm fuzzies. It means studying the bits you’d rather skip.

Why? Because time and again we’re told that God’s word – all of it – is a ‘light’, and not only for us, but for those around us too.

What now?

Choose a book of the Bible this week to study alongside your W4U readings. Work through it from start to finish, perhaps making notes as you go. How does it differ from dipping in and out of scripture? Does it help to put verses into a wider context?

‘The entrance of your words gives light…’ Psalm 119: 130 (NKJV)

Joy Ferdiz

April 9th, 2014

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