What Are You Hoping to Find When You Read the Bible?

“He can’t see the forest for the trees.” So goes the old saying. For those unfamiliar with it, it means that a person has become so absorbed with the minute details that he has lost sight of the big picture. None of us are immune to this problem.

It’s an accusation that Jesus levels at the Pharisees at the end of John 5. “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” [John 5:39-40] and “… if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” [John 5:46].

Pretty serious accusations considering that the Pharisees revered the Scriptures. They treasured them, committing huge swathes of their Bible (our Old Testament) to memory.

It would be fair to say that they knew the Scriptures inside-out, upside-down, and every other which-way. It was their favourite point of discussion, debate, learning, writing, and study.

“Not good enough!” Jesus tells them. “You’ve missed the point.” And so can we…

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