I’m learning that when you’re reading the Bible, we need to quit stopping short of the point of the passage. So often we read the “me-centered” part of passages, and forgot our responsibility. Or, we simply, and often innocently, don’t realize to finish the passage where very important additional “details” are.
One example: In Psalm 46:10, so many of us know “Be still, and know that I am God…” And then we forget that there’s a second half to the verse that’s equally as important: “…I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”
(sidenote: Randy Alcorn taught me that it’s wise to capitalize proper nouns in Scripture, such as “Earth” or “Heaven” or “Hell” or “New Earth”, since, well, they’re places that are real and exist, and in the English language that’s what we do)
Second example: In Matthew 28:18-20, the Great Commission: Many people will quote, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” and maybe they’ll even add “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”, and if we’re doing really well, we’ll include the reminder of verse 18, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me.” But how often do we forget the last verse? “…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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