So, I decided to share something today I titled “Understanding God” or maybe I should have said “having the right scriptural interpretation and understanding”. Whichever one you choose, I hope it blesses your heart.
Proverbs 2:1–5: “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
Understanding, according to Microsoft Encarta Dictionary 2009, is the ability to grasp, infer, perceive, and explain the meaning or nature of something or somebody; it is to have knowledge of something – a particular subject, area, or situation. However, Job 32:8 says, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding”; and 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
These two scriptures reveal three very important aspects of understanding the word of God: (1) understanding is a thing of the spirit of man not his mind; (2) understanding is given by the Spirit of God; and (3) what we are trying to understand, the scriptures, are spiritual and are also given by the inspiration (Spirit) of God. Though understanding is given by the Spirit of God via the scriptures, Proverbs 2:1–5 indicates that there must first be a desire, a hunger, a cry, and a search for it as for hidden treasures. Proverbs 3:13–15 further confirms, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.” Getting understanding should be a priority to everyone, and we shall see why the Bible says so.
However, Romans 12:2 – “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” – reveals the limitation of the mind in rightly discerning the meaning of the scriptures. This means that we are to subject our minds to the word of God rather than subject the word of God to our minds (Anon.). Many people lack understanding, because they subject the word to minds rather than subject their minds to the word of God, so He can make repairs. It says that this is the only way to discern what the perfectly good and acceptable will and mind of God is. This is where and how reprobate minds are made useful. Yet this process of renewal can only begin when one’s spirit has received the inspiration, the breath of God, His Spirit which then gives him understanding, the ability to infer meaning rightly from the word of God.
Proverbs 6:23 says, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” A lamp is a light-producing device, and the commandment being a lamp is a carrier of the light which is the law. Having the lamp without light is darkness, the very problem of understanding. Every commandment carries the potential to produce light when rightly understood. Matthew 22:35–37 says, “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Hang all the law and prophets? Does it mean that the Law in effect is to love God and to love our fellow man? Yes.
All of God’s commandments is targeted at making man love God and his fellow man whom He has created. This is the eye we are to use in trying to infer meaning from the scripture – it either is going to make me have a better relationship with God or improves my relationship with those around me. So Luke 11:34–36 reveals this very same thing: “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light.” The word “single,” as used figuratively there, means clear. The eye here is referred to as the “light of the body,” and if it is single, clear then the body indeed is full of light, but if it is evil, in effect meaning diseased or hurtful, then the light it is supposed to be becomes darkness. Now Psalms 119:130 says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” The word “entrance” in Hebrew is “pahthakh,” meaning opening, disclosure. The disclosure, revelation of the word of God, is what gives light, understanding to the simple, and since this light is understanding, we can say that the light of the scriptures is understanding. However, this portion also indicates that the scriptures are not just to be interpreted carelessly but rather that meaning of every scripture has to be disclosed or revealed by the Spirit of God.
So moving on, the light of the word is understanding, and it comes from the “disclosure” of the word, while the eye is the light of the body from Luke 11. Now if these two are held in comparison, light of the body and light of the word, one can conclude that just like the light of the body, the eye can be diseased, then the light of the word, understanding, can also be diseased. Then if an understanding is ill, diseased, or unclear, then the light it was supposed to be becomes darkness, and then the heart that was to receive that light becomes full of darkness; the Bible exclaims how great such a darkness would be. And it further warns that we should make sure the light which is in us is not darkness…….
It has become quite a long one but you can complete it during your spare time here. This is actually an extract from my book Pride, Chapter 8: Understanding. I just discovered that the E-book version on Amazon Kindle is not available to my Nigerian readers because Kindle’s content is currently not available in Nigeria. I wasn’t happy about this so I found a way out and it is Okadabooks! There is just something about the name “Okadabooks” that excited me so I made my book “Pride” free there. So hurry and download yours before I change my mind and while you are at it, check out chapter 9: My Story.
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