Friday, August 21, 2015

The Necessity of Pouring Over the Text Before you Preach the Text

The higher our view of the Bible, the more painstaking and conscientious our study of it should be. If this book is indeed the Word of God, then away with sloven, slipshod exegesis! We have to make time to penetrate the text until it yields up its treasures. Only when we have ourselves absorbed its message, can we confidently share it with others. God spoke Samuel when he listened to God; then, when Samuel spoke to Israel, they listened to him (1 Sam 3:9-4:1). Similarly, before Ezekiel was in a position to speak God's Word to the people, he had himself to devour and digest it. god said to him: Son of man, . . . eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. (Eek 3:1). John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p.182

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