6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets, (a decorative band or ornament worn on the forehead) between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
In my readings today, I came across this scripture for consideration. It was shared as an example of how a good Christian I had read about became very familiar with many of the scriptures in God’s word. He certainly “chowed down” on the word of God!
It seems he would take 3X5 cards and write a single bible verse on it. He would then take one week to memorize it. Obviously, in a year one he had about 50 verses committed to memory. He continued this practice each year. Imagine if one of us would do the same, who knows how many verses we’d know by heart!
I’d bet that as we began to fill our minds with God’s word that we would begin to see them connecting together in a central theme or message. How valuable that would be, not only for us as students of His word, but in teaching it to others as well!
My friends, I am not suggesting this exercise as a means to take us back to the days of Sunday school when we were required by our bible teachers to memorize scripture. Back then, the objective was to familiarize us with where the books of the bible were located, and give us a basic foundation for beginning the Christian lifestyle.
Instead, such a practice as adult Christians, would help equip us to study more diligently, and to better prepare us to share the word with others. We should also know some of the facts about what the central themes are for each book in the bible.
Further, learning the verses by heart, will help make us able to flip to a certain passage if we are in discussion or study of the bible with someone. To know the scriptures intimately is the desire of our Lord, as we can see in our text passage above. Often, in the bible, the word of God is referred to as “spiritual food” of which we should “eat,” (Hebrews 5:12-14, 1 Peter 2:2, Jeremiah 3:15, John 6:51…and more).
The more time we give to improving our knowledge of the bible, the more we mature in our faith. We grow closer to God in this way. And this will enhance our study and prayer habits, leaving less time and space for the evil one to gain a foothold in our lives.
It will also help us to live lives of better example before others. This may open doors of opportunity to talk with them about Jesus Christ and what the bible says concerning obedience to His gospel. This is the most important information we can pass along to others, without a doubt. Eternity hangs in the balance!
May we all do more of what we can to help “consume” the holy bible, to know about its truths intimately, and to help spread it with the gifts and abilities God has given to each one of us.
refs: ~Google~ “Muscle and a Shovel, copyright, 2011, pgs. 354-356” ~ biblegateway~ bible.knowing-jesus.com