The Rose

My Pastor inquires, “How important is it that we understand what we hear and read?” He then grabs our attention with a story.

“What if I asked someone to relay a message to my wife for me? Imagine that I ask Cliff to go to my wife and tell her that she reminds me of a rose. If my wife should ask Cliff, “What did he mean by that,” how would he answer her? He could say, “I guess he means you’re sticky and you attract bugs.”

Of course this is not what my Pastor meant to convey… at least I hope not, or he’s in big trouble. The problem is that he requested a statement to be made that could be interpreted many ways. The only one who knows for sure what was meant was my Pastor.

Acknowledging the distress that could be caused with a simple misunderstanding like the one in this story, imagine how high the stakes are when it comes to hearing the right message when reading the Word of God.

We could easily attribute the most catastrophic event known to humanity to poor interpretation. Remember what both Satan, Adam, and Eve did in the Garden of Eden? They twisted what God had said and came up with a preferred version of their own making. In truth, bad interpretation can be seen in every act of disobedience we have recorded in the Bible.

The way we interpret “what God has said” is directly related to how we live our lives. Adam and Eve misinterpreted what God had said, followed their false understanding, and the entire creation was cursed.

Look for a moment at how it all played out. Satan asks, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” God instead had told Adam, “You may eat of every tree in the garden… except that one.”

Eve then adds to God’s words with a couple of her own, “…neither shall you touch it.” The door is now open for Satan to have a field day. He questions God’s justice and then makes them a worthless offer… because everything he offers, they already possess in authenticity. God made man in His own image.

Satan offers them the ability to be like God and to know good and evil. They leaned on their own understanding, were filled with arrogance, and then disobeyed.

Much of what was at stake for Adam is at stake for us also. The false authority they assumed really did make them like God, but it was a cheap and man-made knock off.

If we fast-forwarded our story to the days when Jesus walked the earth, we find the Pharisees following in the footsteps of their oldest ancestors. Again and again, Jesus confronts their bad interpretations of His Word, leaving them walking in disobedience just as Adam did.

We must hear and properly respond to “what God has said,” not what we would like for Him to have said. He really is the Rose of Sharon… and we need to be perfectly clear on what He meant by that.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to The Rose

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    MT, throughout the years I have come to realize that God’s Word is a precious gift that we all need to guard against misusing or ignoring. I believe there have bene nations in the past who have ignored His Word resulting in them loosing the very Word they abused. Lord bless.

  2. After a political television debate, the channel received large numbers of calls, about half claiming the program was biased towards one party and the other half declaring it was biased towards the other party. A case in point. Hearing a political debate with pre-conceived ideas is one thing: hearing/reading the Word of God with pre-conceived ideas/desires can have disastrous effects.

    We believe the Word of God is just that: the Word of God, and therefore CANNOT have two meanings.

  3. Wayne Augden says:

    I agree Mike with Greg. This is a great post. Another thing that’s important is prayer before and after reading the “Word of God.” We must invite “The Holy Spirit” to come along side of us and lead us in our study for He is the one who leads us into all truth…

  4. Pingback: Roses are Red, My Love …have thorns and spiders love them | Resting in His Grace

  5. ptl2010 says:

    How often we just want to listen to what we tell the Lord than what He tells us. That is why there are so many problems. If we listened to His perfect answers because He knows everything, there will be less suffering for us. Thanks MT for timely reminder.

  6. writinggomer says:

    Great post Mike. Yes one must be clear on what the Word means. Parts of the Word are ans always will be open to debate as Paul even mentions, but some things just need to be understood.
    God always knows, even when we don’t. Our plans seem right at the time, but only God knows for sure.

    Blessings to you my friend
    Greg

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