Matthew stated, “All of you must keep awake (give strict attention, be cautious and active) and watch and pray that you may not come into temptation. The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak Matt 26:41, (AMP).”
We only appreciate what the Bible tells us in the vernacular, but to understand and know God, you must meditate day and night and pray for wisdom and understanding. Then, after meditation and prayer, you will appreciate the knowledge (the edge) of God. So there are three things you must do:
1. Pray, 2. Read the Scriptures, and 3. Do what it says; for your spirit and soul to understand, they have to work together so that you will become the person God envisioned.
Psalm 1:2, AMP says, “But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.” Only when a man has understood the verse will he produce true wisdom and comprehension. The WORD of God is “living.” It is not just a book, but an inspired book given to the disciples and our ancient forefathers by God and the Holy Spirit to learn and comprehend God’s essence (2Tim 3:16, NIV).
We’re blessed to have the written Word. We can read it for ourselves and judge what the scriptural text means. The Israelites did not have the written Word. They had the Torah that was read to them by the Rabbi during the time of Jesus. It was not until much later in history, when we had the first Bible (Gutenberg Bible) printed in 1454 or 1455, that the Word spread via printed material. The Torah was the only document having the written language transcribed by a Scribe onto parchment paper in the Hebrew language. Rabbis recited the Holy Word before the first print of the Bible and Torah. Circulation of the Bible worldwide didn’t happen until the 1800s, and only the elite read or owned the Bible. However, once people worldwide learned to read, various Bible translations circulated to people of different nations.
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