In our Trinity Career Group Sunday Bible class we talked last week about a couple of key ideas to have in mind as we get into the Book of Ecclesiastes.
I have suggested that we need to…
– how can a text in Scripture become MEANINGFUL to me?
– what are the basics for studying a BOOK of the Bible?
Thots on the first question, “how can a text of Scripture become meaningful to me?”
I mentioned a few weeks ago how I went through a period (a couple of years) when I would open my Bible to read and it felt like I was staring at a stone. The warmth that I had sensed previously wasn’t there. What was wrong?
“I am a Christian. This isn’t supposed to happen to someone who is a child of God. Am I actually lost?”
The fact that I was having this struggle was a double burden for me since I knew I was a Christian AND I had gone to grad school to learn Scripture. They taught us the basic skills for interpreting a text of Scripture. I was teaching Sunday School nearly every week so I had a worthy purpose to be digging into God’s Word. But, for some reason the Bible didn’t feel real – not as real as I wanted it to be or not as real I had felt it was to others.
So, I prayed to the Author about this problem. He answered my prayer in a simple way. I figured the answer to my problem would be something unusual that I hadn’t noticed or something almost “divinely magical.” Instead, the answer was something simple – just plain simple – lovely, splendid, awesome, but magically simple.
The rest of the story next time