January 4, 2021
A Simple Solution
times Jesus corrected, and in a sense
insulted, Jewish Old Testament scholars
and zealots for insufficient knowledge
of the very Scriptures in which they
were considered experts.
time He posed this simple, searching
question: "Have ye not read?" or "have
ye never read" (Matthew 19:4; 21:16;
22:31; Mark 2:25; 12:10)? It is
surprising, almost astonishing, that,
despite intensive rabbinic instruction
in the Torah, Prophets, and Writings,
they still had significant gaps in their
Bible knowledge. What does this tell us?
experts sometimes lack Bible knowledge.
And if this is true of them, what about
us? Certainly, we need to take Bible
study seriously. Very seriously!
God lamented to Hosea, "My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge [of
God]" (Hosea 4:6). Could it be, is it
possible, surely it isn't true, that at
the base of all our problems as
Christians and ministers lies a
deficiency in Bible knowledge? Either an
ignorance of certain biblical texts or a
failure to understand when and how they
should be employed? Yes, that's very
possible. In fact, it's more than
possible, it's probable.
Paul believed a full, personal knowledge
of God's Word illuminated by our
personal Teacher, the Holy Spirit, plus
the additional scriptural insights the
Spirit has given teachers and scholars
to pass along to us, is sufficient for
our Christian walk and work: "The
scriptures are the comprehensive
equipment of the man of God, and fit him
fully for all branches of his work" (2
Timothy 3:17, Phillips). The message to
need a full-orbed knowledge of God's
Word. And we need not only raw biblical
information but also the Christlike
wisdom to apply that information with
accuracy to our lives and others’ lives
as the Spirit enables us (See Genesis
41:33, 39; Prov. 2:1-6; 4:7-9; Daniel
1:17-20; 2:48; 4:8-9; 5:11; Acts 6:10).
Chambers believed (in my words) that for
every person or situation we face in
life and ministry there is a person or
event recorded in the Bible that
parallels what we are facing and shows
us how God would have us deal with it.
That is, if we are continuing to study
God's Word. And if we are letting His
Spirit lead us.
Pastor, superintendent, missionary,
elder, Christian disciple, got a
problem? Need a solution to it urgently?
Maybe the solution is simpler than you
think. Maybe it's already in God's Word
just waiting for you to discover it by
Why not go to God in prayer and lay your
need before Him? Ask for His solution to
your problem. Lay aside all your
distractions. Forget the unnecessary to
focus on the necessary! Then get into -
or get back into - God's Word. Study one
book, chapter, or subject at a time.
Then another, and another! Don't be
Make a start immediately! But, once
started, don't rush your research. Study
your Bible deeply, reading every passage
slowly and thoughtfully, and in
different translations. Also, study it
widely, examining chain references,
letting the Spirit lead you all over the
Bible and letting God's Word soak deeply
into your spirit. And humbly
acknowledging your need of assistance,
read teaching and devotional books that
expound God's Word and that offer the
inspired and inspiring insights God has
given teachers to give to you. Continue
this daily. It will lead you into an
entirely different, elevated, spiritual
Soon you will find you rarely have to
search for solutions to your life
problems. Instead biblical solutions
will come to your mind left and right
via the Teacher. "The Comforter … the
Holy Spirit … he shall teach you all
things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
you" (John 14:26).
Isn't life complex and confusing enough?
How many times has human wisdom left us
entangled, dissatisfied, and depressed?
Let's not continue following counsel
that has repeatedly proven itself to be
insufficient, or worse, harmful!
Jesus spoke to the Jewish religious
experts long ago, desiring to help them.
Today He is speaking to His church, to
Christians, to us, longing to help us:
"Have ye not read?" He's giving us a
simple solution to life's complexities.
Let's be simple and take it!
His simple solutions,