Date: Tuesday, July 30
Scripture: Acts 17:10-15
Verse: These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:11)
Not long ago I received a Facebook notification advertising a new game for youth ministry called “Lamentations or Taylor Swift Lyric.” The authors of the game say, “We show you a quote, and you have to decide if it is 1) a passage from the book of Lamentations, one of the more depressing reads in the Bible… or 2) or a lyric from a Taylor Swift song, one of the more depressing songwriters of our generation.” Over the years I have heard of others, most popularly one that asked if a quote was from the Bible or Shakespeare. It is actually quite amazing how difficult these games can be, especially if one is not well-read in the Bible.
When one does not know the scriptures well, he or she can be relatively easily duped by those with an agenda. Politicians, pastors, and others can misquote the Bible or take a passage out of context to support a point the Bible might not actually support. As Pastor Bob is fond of saying, “A text with out a context is a pretext to whatever you want it to say.”
The Thessalonians did what we should do when someone presents a passage to us. They “examined the scriptures…to see whether these things were true.” We can do the same by reading the whole book from which the passage comes, or at least a couple of chapters before and a couple of chapters after the passage used to get the idea of the flow from which it comes.
Prayer: Thank you, gracious God, for the gift of scripture where we can better know your plan for our lives and the world. Amen.
Action: Consider taking Disciple 1 at the church beginning this fall, or finding another way to become more familiar with the Bible.
Respond: Have you ever heard a funny or disturbing misquote of the Bible? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.