Adam’s Devotional – March 28- April 3, 2019

From Adam…

Did you hear the one about Jesus and the devil walking in the dessert? The devil says to Jesus  “If you are the son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘on their hands they will bear you up . . .’” Do you know what the devil is quoting?  You guessed it. The Bible. The devil knows the Bible and isn’t afraid to use it to tempt us. The Bible is the authoritative and unique word of God to us, but that doesn’t stop the devil from using it against Jesus. So what do we do?  If the the devil knows the Bible better than we do, how do we read it or interact with it in a way that we won’t take it and use it toward our own selfish agenda (which is what the devil tempts Jesus to do)? Short answer, we can’t.  We will always bring our own personal opinions and agendas to our reading of the Bible.  This is why God calls us to not simply read it alone.  We are called to read it with God. If we read the scriptures without the Holy Spirit, we read it by ourselves. But there’s more.  Jesus responds to the devil by quoting the Bible.  In this little interaction Jesus teaches us to use the Bible to interpret the Bible.  Jesus invested a lot of time and energy learning the great love story found in scripture.  For that reason, he was ready to respond to the devil’s Bible quotes with quotes of his own. How well do you know scripture? How much of the Bible have you read?  Lastly, the Bible is not a book for individuals, it is a book of and for the community of faith.  Who are you reading scripture with?  Are you a part of a Bible study?  Who could you ask to read the Bible with you?  God’s up to something.

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