As illustrated by the Rabbi below, it is easy to “know” portions of Scripture, while totally ignoring the wonderful truths they are telling us.
Dr. David Jeremiah - Turning Point - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Words to Change By
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8
A well-known Christian scholar told about sitting with a Jewish rabbi he met and listening to the rabbi recite passages from the Old Testament. Following along in the Hebrew text, the Christian scholar listened as the Jewish rabbi recited, from memory, the entire book of Psalms.
Recommended Reading: Psalm 1: 1 – 3
Yet the Jewish rabbi was not a Christian. He knew the Old Testament but did not know the Messiah of whom the Old Testament speaks. God’s Word was given for more than rote learning and study. It was given to rejoice the heart and enlighten the eyes. It was given so the one who meditates on it day and night will become like a tree that yields its fruit in season and whose leaves never wither. It was given so that the one who embraces it will prosper in all things (Psalm 1:1-3). Both the written Word of God and the living Word of God are given that we might have life—even abundant life (John 10:10)!
Studying and meditating on Scripture is the beginning point. Then, letting it change our life as needed will be the result.
The Scriptures were not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives. D. L. Moody