Daily D – Romans 9:31-33
But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written, Look, I am putting a stone in Zion to stumble over and a rock to trip over, and the one who believes on him will not be put to shame. (CSB) ROM. 9:31-33
A quick Google search for the two words Bible code provided 189,000,000 results. There is a book available by that name. There are YouTube videos demonstrating how people detect the secret code in the Bible. The Apostle Paul used the word mystery twenty-one times in his writings.
What does this mean?
It means we need to read the Bible for the plain meaning of the text. This is a core truth when it comes to biblical interpretation. It means to stop looking for hidden meaning and pay attention to the obvious meaning.
When Paul wrote about mystery twenty-one times, he was referring to what was promised and hidden in the past which has been revealed in Jesus Christ. What the prophets of old anticipated had come true. If there is a Bible Code it is this: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him (John 14:6). The secret is out!
So many people prefer researching mysteries without any clues to actually opening the Bible and seeing what God said for himself. This is why television preachers who act like magicians on stage — on stage — attract more eyeballs and dollars than the faithful preacher in a congregation of ordinary folks who declares the truth simply and straightforwardly without unnecessary drama or manipulation.
There is no doubt that TV preachers are more entertaining. Books like The Bible Code make engrossing reading. Halloween candy can also substitute for a meal. However, when we read the Bible in an orderly, systematic manner while asking God to speak to our hearts, he does what he said he would do in Jer. 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.”
If you want to know God and to experience him, take the Bible and read it day by day. Do not only read it but do what it says (James 1:22-25). Use the SOAP acrostic this devotional is drawn from:
No longer will you search out mysteries without any clues. Instead, you will seek God in the manner he has preserved for you for centuries with words of truth and life. You may not get all tingly like the TV preachers and book authors want you to, but you will know and experience God. The greatest mystery of all is why more people do not do just that.
I will seek to know and experience God through the words of truth and life he has preserved for me and for all who will seek him in this manner.
Our Father, open my heart to your words of truth and life. Speak to me. Teach me. Give me ears to hear what your Spirit is saying. Give me a willing and obedient heart to do what you say. I want to know you and to experience you. I will stop seeking out the unknowable and give attention to how you have made yourself known to all people for all time. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”