My Thoughts. . .
Sometimes God uses one or two words to teach a powerful lesson. We may overlook those words and miss the lessons. We may do one of three things:
- We read but miss the point.
- We read but do not understand the point
- We read, see the point, but ignore it because it does not seem to fit our interpretation.
When Eve was discussing the forbidden fruit and why eating it was a death penalty, the serpent’s objection was, “Ye shall NOT surely die” (Genesis 3:4 KJV). Guess whose interpretation she and Adam accepted? Did Eve turn to Adam and say, “Take your pick, ‘Abstaining is necessary, but not essential,’” or did she say, “Take your pick, ‘Abstaining is essential, but not necessary’”?
When Jesus was talking to the woman about true worship, he did not tell her it was a future hope, nor did he tell her it would be a year or so before it would happen. He stated, “But the hour cometh, and NOW is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23).
Some ignore the “now” in Jesus’ context and believe it was fulfilled in Luke’s Acts 2 Pentecost. This rearrangement takes the “in spirit and in truth” worship and narrows it down to five acts performed on Sunday in a “worship service.” Was Jesus telling that woman that the “NOW” would not happen while he was addressing her, but she would have to wait until the Acts 2 Pentecost to experience it? We need to ask who was his audience when he made that statement? It certainly was not the thousands who were in the Acts 2 group. To jump from John 4 to Acts 2 is to assume a lot of things which are not mentioned in either passage. Some believe Jesus was speaking to those who would read John’s account later regardless of the century they lived in. Since we are reading that passage today, Jesus must have looked forward one thousand nine hundred and eight-eight years so he could address us. The context of John 4 shows Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman! Most never realize that their assumptions are adding a lot of things to that passage which neither Jesus nor the Holy Spirit addressed.
When Paul was correcting the Corinthian church, he told them that certain married women were to keep their mouths shut and not open them “in church.” Some believe Paul was accusing all women of being shameful because the female members were attempting to stand up and preach in the “worship service.” The passage does not mention the word “preaching.” However, if that is what they were doing, then Paul gave them the correct “where” they could preach by commanding them to do so “at home.” So, what is it that women are commanded by God to do “at home”? Whatever it is, it was commanded by Paul. Some believe the worship assembly is public and Bible classes are private teaching. The private teaching is equal to the expression “at home.” Again, what is it that women are commanded to do “at home” but not “in church.”?
Scripture warns people about adding to or subtracting from His word.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19 KJV)
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9 KJV).
These are a few passages where one or two words hold more importance than some will credit them with!