Sunday, August 15, 2010

'Prophetic' Reflections

This morning in church the scripture reading was from the prophet Habakkuk. As I listened I thought about how little is known about the Old Testament prophets, the times in which they lived and the burden of their message. This lack of awareness needs to be addressed because the prophets have important things to say about issues that are still being debated today. Even though the prophets spoke years ago there are basic human problems and conflicts that human beings have always struggled with, and they have something significant to contribute to our understanding of life.

Biblical revelation is the most amazing thing. It is simple enough for children and yet so profound that the greatest scholars will never learn all that there is to know. It can be read and studied with great profit but never exhausted. There are always new things to learn, new connections to make, new applications that shed light on our path.

When the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy he told him to "devote himself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching" (1 Timothy 4:13). Careful reflection on the nature of scripture will make evident the wisdom of Paul's instruction not only for Timothy but for us today.

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