I don't understand anything from The Bible!
Many people say this statement:
I read the bible and don't understand anything…..
So I don't read it any more!
Didn't you put in mind that this thought might come from devil who is trying to keep you away from God!
Didn't you read the verse that says "Begin with the body and continue with the soul"
At the beginning the devil will fight us with many evidences to keep us away from reading God's word to us. So, let's begin with the body …which means to force ourselves to read daily and after a little while it will become a habit for us …. And even after that it will become a lust to listen to God's word.
XDou you read the Bible correctly? Do you pray and ask for the holy spirit's guidance before reading every time?
XIf you don't read The Old Testament claiming that it is (old) ….Have you ever read this verse?
" All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness " (II Timothy 3:16)
I'll tell you a short story to explain to us the benefit of reading The Holy Bible even if we don't understand any thing at the beginning, Then we will read a small lesson about how to read The Bible.
I hope it will be useful for you as it was for me (The lesson is quoted)
XWhy do I keep reading the Bible so long as I don't understand any?!
vOne day a monk came to his spiritual father complaining: My Father, I don't understand any thing from my reading to The Bible!
the father said to him : go and fill this basket with water the young monk looked at the basket and it was made of booths, and was surprised from this request as water will not remain in it for seconds only… but he was obedient to his spiritual father and done what was required.
He came back with the basket and of course it was empty. His father looked at him and asked him to fill it with water again.
The young monk was obedient too this time and came back with the basket and it was empty. The father repeated this request for the third time.
And when he came back with the basket which was empty too, His spiritual father asked him: What did you notice on the basket?
The young monk replied: It doesn't keep water inside it…..it's empty!!
He asked him again: what else did you observe on the basket?
The young monk replied: it became clean due to water.
The spiritual father smiled and said to him: you too, even if you don't understand any thing from the Bible. Don't neglect its reading because it will pure your soul from inside…and at that time you will be ready to understand.
XThis is a lesson that gives us an idea about how to read The Bible to get the most possible spiritual benefit.
First, we will begin with a text from the gospel….for example a text from Marc's Gospel:-
35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, "Let us pass over unto the other side36. " And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. (Mark 4:35-37)
You will begin to read the text and try to understand its events, then you'll live with the text and you'll stop at a specific sentence from the text that you fond in yourself or felt in your heart a strange thing that make you stop.
Be careful….it's not a condition to stop on the first phrase you meet may be you didn't feel any thing inside you. It could be the last word that makes you stop.
The phrase (when the even was come) for me and after reading the text. I stopped at the previous phrase because I felt something my heart wonders or some thing of exclamation so, I began to ask myself: how did the evening fall? What is the evening of my life? Is it just the darkness which I see when the light faits…
No, evening in my life is the bad day in which I don't feel happy and in which many problems happen to me and that which full of sadness and problems how many times evening fall on me? Daily?!!
No, of course not …..I don't mean the evening we watch daily?!! But, I mean the evening of my distance from the lord or my ignorance to the lord or my murder to Christ's love for me.
When shall I wake up from this darkened evening?
When shall I come back to Jesus Christ my Lord? When shall I gain my consciousness and all the sad things keep away from me? When shall evening stop the fall?
It's possible too to recite the verse that likes you and make it "the verse of the day and you spend the whole day contemplating on it.
Did we watch how could we love with Jesus Christ …..Bible was not written only to under stand it.
But to love by it in our life which means to keep god's words in our life.
The holy bible is god's speech to us, Jesus Christ said to us " the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. " (John 6:63)
Pray for the unity of the church
Pray for my weakness