He that hath an ear let him
He that hath an eye let him see.
One of my habits is to view things I read, in video mode. In other words, while I am reading I imagine myself there, trying to
picture the surroundings described by the writer. It is a very enjoyable way to read. I have had the privilege of spending 8 days in Israel back in the 70's so I can actually picture the topography of Bible stories. But even if I have to refer to encyclopedic pictures or even
imaginary scenes, it is still a great way to read. Sometimes, Hollywood's protrayals of Biblical events go way off track and cloud the mind's video, but scripture usually sheds true light back upon the narrated scene. The more I read, the more accurate the stage props become and
some unnoticed verse, sometimes jumps forth and becomes a pivotal turn of how the scene plays out. This manner of reading also rules out misgivings and mistaken interpretation.
Of course the Bible relates how God sometimes does things that boggles the imagination. that is a given and must be accepted by faith in His word. There is no greater reading experience, than to stand under a scraggly sycamore and watch Jesus converse with a surprised Zachaeus who suddenly breaks out into a laughing smile, and literally slides down out of that tree into the helping hands of the Saviour. Incredibly he looks around at the crowd who moments ago had stood in his way, now he is the center of their attention. Immediately he sets out for his house leading the guest of honor. You can hear the murmur of the crowd, "he is gone to the house of a sinner." That sound will have been heard often in the ministry of Jesus. In fact the Bible records more occasions where Jesus communicated and helped the rejected or ignored individuals along his path. This gives meaning to his call to the "heavy laden."
Another viewed moment, would be sitting in the grass looking out over a body of water nestled by mountains on all sides, just as the sun is beginning to set. Your attention is broken as a disciple, maybe John, hands you a piece of bread and a portion of fish. As you look at it you can't believe that the disciple has that much for everyone sitting around you. A glance at the man next to you assures you that everyone is equally supplied and you bite into something as good as your mom's packed lunch would taste. The ending of a perfect day.
I know that several of those who are reading this need to be addressed at this junction. Yes, it is absolutely right and necessary to
understand that there is no substitute for the inspired word of God. Man does not have freedom at anytime to change or interpret God's word to his own imagination or current environment. God's word is eternal and it is wholly contained. One word left out or one word added could destroy the impact that God intended for the reader. Any reader should strive to comprehend exactly what God is saying. But any publisher does not have the right to publish what he thinks God means or said. A translator must faithfully translate the words, even though he might not understand the surface or hidden content. Historical writings are replete with what men thought or think that God said, but God did not give them any further revelation than what we have had passed down in the form of 66 books, no I did not say 79 books. Each of those authors whom God chose from about 40 backgrounds, were enabled to write the Word of God to make dreams a reality.