Twitter Bible Study – Josh Journal
I am blessed to be able to say I’ve read the Bible through. Intentionally. Twice.
Honestly, it is not difficult to do. And if I should be honest again, there is nothing exactly exceptional or special about doing it.
Will I do it again? Gladly. As a matter of fact, I really should consider doing it again.
As a Christian, studying the word of God is a source of knowledge and comfort that is second to none. The amount of hidden gems in the Bible is stunningly life-changing.
As much as I enjoy listening to expository sermons in Church, reading devotionals from Life Church’s Bible, and studying the Bible on my own, there is another source of Bible teaching I think many people underrate.
Twitter is a source of many things good and bad. On it, you can find the purest and most innocent things, and yet you are one click away from the filthiest of filth.
You can imagine my joy whenever I find myself in the middle of something I never knew was in the Bible.
Time and again, I read something and I have to do a double-check to ensure we are talking about the same Bible.
I flip through the Bible and when I’m eventually staring at the same passage, I ask myself, “was this here the first time I read this, or did someone just add it later?”
Other times, someone gives an interpretation to a Bible passage, and I have to first sit down.
Most people’s reaction to seeing a new perspective to the scripture is to say this must be someone trying to use their logic.
We want to assume they are taking the Holy Spirit out of the scripture. We are ready to fight and defend the truth. For the same God that said Ba’al should defend himself, that is the God that you a puny, mortal human want to defend.
Sometimes, just listen.
Listen, and if you are still in doubt, pray. If you go back to that scripture and can’t make sense out of it, just leave it and move on to something else.
When you are ready, the Holy Spirit will interpret and reveal that scripture to you. And maybe for you. There might actually be something personal in it for you.
You should have seen my mouth when I learned the importance of Paul’s Roman citizenry and how he used it to his advantage in his missionary journey.
Replace Rome with the USA or UK. Imagine the power those countries’ passports have. How many countries would such a missionary have access to?
But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out.
And the serjeants told these words unto the magistrates: and they feared, when they heard that they were Romans.
And they came and besought them, and brought them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
Acts 16:37-39 KJV
That is the equivalent of the DPO of your nearest police station and the Local Government chairman beating up two young men and locking them up in the cell overnight. Unjustly.
Then they want to throw them out in the morning, and the men then announce that they are American citizens.
Without mentioning that their next port of call will be the US Consulate, you already know how the DPO and Local Government Chairman will be prostrating and pleading.
What country will your Nigerian passport have the same effect on?
Prayers are important, and elections, politics, and governance have consequences.
What about the story of how John outran Peter in getting to Jesus’ grave after the resurrection.
Yet, he only stopped at the entrance. Peter got there and went in. That is also in your Bible. I believe you must have read or heard that in one of your Easter sermons.
But did you hear about the naked man in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested?
That is one detail they could have left out of the Bible. They really could have done without that.
But then the Bible also says everything in it is for our example.
Including Mark 14:51-52.
I would normally quote it here, but I think you need to read this one on your own.
Is this a warning for those that sleep naked at night? Should we use this as a teaching point on always being ready? How come his name was never mentioned?
Whatever the case, I am prepared for some interesting conversations when we get to heaven.