All the Bible studies in the Word just builds the ego if it is emptied into lives that do not bring glory to God. We know what that means. It means that we will work under the guise of God’s Word in the flesh and not in the Spirit.
Until the the Word becomes life to us by the Holy Spirit, it remains as only words in the Bible. Historical, archaelogical, pharasaical, and the law seem applicable to the past and to one time. However, when the Word comes alive, it is applicable today. Today in today’s context by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Today, it is relevant to meet the needs of the people in darkness and who need the Light of Christ.
The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up. Matthew 4:16
Excerpts from Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
As in darkness or night we can see nothing, and know not where to go, so those who are ignorant of God and their duty are said to be in darkness.
We know that the people of Galilee were proverbially ignorant and stupid. They were distinguished for a coarse, outlandish manner of speech Mark 14:70, and are represented as having been also distinguished by a general profligacy of morals and manners. It shows the great compassion of the Saviour, that he went to preach to such poor and despised sinners. Instead of seeking the rich and the learned, he chose to minister to the needy, the ignorant, and the contemned. His office is to enlighten the ignorant; his delight to guide the wandering, and to raise up those that are in the shadow of death. In doing this, Jesus set an example for all his followers. It is their duty to seek out those who are sitting in the shadow of death, and to send the gospel to them. No small part of the world is still lying in wickedness – as wicked and wretched as was the land of Zabulon and Naphthali in the time of Jesus. The Lord Jesus is able to enlighten them also, and every Christian should regard it a privilege, as well as a duty, to imitate his Saviour in this, and to be permitted to send to them the light of life.
And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. Matthew 8:19
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
And a certain scribe came … – It is not improbable that this man had seen the miracles of Jesus, and had formed an expectation that by following him he would obtain some considerable worldly advantage. Christ, in reply to his professed purpose to follow him, proclaimed his own poverty, and dashed the hopes of the avaricious scribe. The very foxes and birds, says he, have places of repose and shelter, but the Son of man has no home and no pillow. He is a stranger in his own world – a wanderer and an outcast from the homes of people.
Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest – A man who is not illuminated by the Spirit of God thinks himself capable of any thing: he alone who is divinely taught knows he can do nothing but through Christ strengthening him.
One would have thought, that this man desired in good earnest to be a disciple of Christ, were it not for Christ’s answer to him, who knew his heart: from whence it appears, that he, seeing the miracles which Christ wrought, and observing the fame of him among the people, began to think that he would be generally received as the Messiah; and by joining himself to him, promised himself much ease, honour, and wealth. These seem to be the motives, which prevailed upon him to take so sudden and hasty a step; for he did not wait to be called to follow Christ, as the other disciples were, but offers himself to be one; that is, to be one of his intimates, one of his apostles; and besides, he rashly promises to do that, which he knew nothing of, and which in some cases is impossible to be done.
Let us check ourselves this beginning of the year – have we rashly promised to follow Christ without counting the cost? The Lord wants not only our hearts, but our total lives to be lived out for Him. He expects no less. Let us be true-hearted and whole hearted in living for Him as His word comes alive in our hearts. Let us not live in the flesh but in the Spirit.
Each one in the themselves can do in some measure of what Susan Boyle did to surprise everyone – where there is a will there is a way.
However, where the Spirit is, it is The Way.
Let us do it the Only Way.