Date: Friday, June 27
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Verse: Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character (2 Timothy 3:16)
There are some movies I love to watch over and over again by grabbing the DVD off my shelf or finding one on Netflix. Sometimes I will notice something funny in the background of a favorite scene during a second or third viewing. Other times I will see a piece of foreshadowing I didn’t recognize on the first viewing. Sometimes, when I know a movie well, I will begin to see connections among different parts of the story, and, if it is an inspiring story, I will see those connections extending into my life.
The same is true of the Bible. I don’t know that anyone ever could exhaust all the insight that can be gleaned from reading scripture over and over again. I have learned to go back to stories I think I know well — the garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, the Exodus, the feeding of the 5,000, Pentecost, and more — to reread them for new insight and connections. As Paul writes to Timothy in verse 14, “you must continue with the things you have learned and found convincing.” Those things we have learned in childhood, we must revisit as adults, then again as older adults, and again as even older adults. Because God has inspired, breathed his spirit into, every scripture.
Like that favorite movie, the more you delve into it, the more connections you will make — between Old Testament and New Testament, within individual books, between Biblical characters, and more. Then, you will also begin to notice better how those connections extend into your life in the 21st century.
Prayer: Thank you God for inspiring your word to touch me and speak to my life today. Amen.
Action: Go back and watch a favorite movie or read a favorite book you haven’t enjoyed in some time.
Respond: What is your favorite movie, book, television show, etc. to revisit?
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