Shocking, I know.
Some people who definitely should believe that don’t.
Also shocking, I know.
Why do I say that?
I was somewhat annoyed recently when I ran across a blogger who was trying to sound deep by saying “the Word of God is Jesus, not the Bible” (referencing John 1), and commenting how he loves saying that because it “makes people think” . Apparently almost nobody he talks to (i.e. high school kids who have youth pastors that don’t teach them anything) thinks about things like that.
Well, it does make me think.
It makes me think about how in John 10:34-35, Jesus himself parallels the law, the scripture and the word of God.
It makes me think about how in Luke 8:4-15, Jesus tells the parable of the seeds and says that the seed is the “word of God”. I then think that I don’t have a clue how that parable makes sense if Jesus, and only Jesus, is the word of God.
It makes me think about Matthew 15:6 where Jesus himself refers to the Torah as the “word of God”, in contradistinction to the oral law (Talmudic law) of the Pharisees.
It makes me think about how in Acts 6:2, the apostles said “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables” (ESV). The Greek literally reads “It is not reasonable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables”. I then wonder if the apostles suggesting that those who served tables would have to abandon Jesus?
It makes me think of all the other passages spoken by Christ where he cites and refers to the Hebrew Scriptures as the “word of God”.
It makes me think of 2 Timothy 3:16-17, which states that all the writings (NT shorthand for the scriptures) are theopneustos, meaning “God-breathed”. Paul invents a word to communicate the idea that the Bible comes from the mouth of God in the same way as breath comes from the mouth. One cannot speak words without breath (and forget trying to play the “sign language” card or something silly).
It makes me think of 2 Peter 1:21, where men who were moved by the Holy Spirit (the prophets) spoke from God. God is the source of their inscripturated words.
It makes me think of Acts 3:18 where God speaks through the mouth of his prophets; they spoke his words and recorded the words, from his mouth, as scripture.
It makes me think of Psalm 19:7 where the law of the Lord is also called the testimony of the Lord; the written book of the law is synonymous with the verbal testimony of God.
It makes me think of Acts 1:16 where Peter says “…the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David…”
It makes me think of Acts 28:25 where Paul says “…The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet…” and then in Acts 28:26-27 quotes Isaiah 6:9-10.
It makes me think of Romans 9:17, where Paul says “For the Scripture says to Pharaoh…” and quotes Exodus 9:16, in which Yahweh himself is speaking.
It makes me think of a 103 year old refutation of this idea that a smart fellow should be familiar with if he’s an evangelical who’s somewhat well read on the subject to which he speaks.
It makes me think that the blogger needs to spend time with better thinkers.
I tend to steer clear of people who pride themselves on how they “make people think” (but if he ever wants to spend time together, I’d make an exception); it’s usually best to not think about what some people think “makes people think” lest you get annoyed and write a blog post like this one.
Not this one per say, but one like this one.
Sorta makes you think.
Now, repent of those thoughts. Yeah, you.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “The Armchair Thinker-Maker” Unger