Monday, September 28, 2015

Dulling the Sword

"I've been in groups that spend so much time debating words and sentences and contexts that they never do much of anything else.  Maybe that's what Paul had in mind when he told Timothy to warn against quarreling about words; it is of no value and only ruins those who listen (2 Tim 2:14).  These studies never get beyond the quarrel.  They certainly never get to the implications for the way we live.  I'm all for getting to grips with the words of a passage (and structure, context, grammar, the works).  But I am not for it if we end up muzzling the very Word we are claiming to study....I suppose it's no surprise.  Sharp two-edged swords are uncomfortable and if a detailed study of grammar dulls the edge, we may well do it.  It keeps the blade at arm's length.  We examine it, but it no longer examines us."
- Steve Midgley, "Something Worth Meeting For - A Biblical Vision for Small Groups" The Journal of Biblical Counseling, Vol. 28 N. 3

A constant battle for me.

Insight isn't change.  CHANGE is change.

But, oh, how I love insight.....

Lord, break down my self-made-barriers of intellectual protection and pierce my heart.  May I never examine your Word without allowing myself to be examined by it.