(From Lizzie’s husband, Eric)
In the book of Revelation it says, “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
In heaven no man was found to open the book and read. On earth we freely have the book and most of us have never read it. Some of us have read it (but not that much). Fewer read it on some regular basis. And of those who do read how many read aloud? Few would be “found worthy” to read aloud. We do not practice the art of reading aloud. It can be seen in the public reading of the Scriptures in today’s churches. It should be a job for the congregation to do — not for the professionals employed by the church to do. Many churches do not offer that opportunity.
There are basically two human ways to receive something into the mind. One is with the ears and the other is with the eyes. We receive thoughts through our ears by listening to other people, our priest or pastors, our friends, our family and others. We receive thoughts through our eyes by observing the world, by watching television or movies, and by reading. The most direct way from God to you of all these methods is by reading the Bible — not books about the Bible, but the Bible itself.
Do you believe in God? Do you want to please him? How can you know what God wants you to do, or how he wants you to think, if you do not hear what he says? How can you know what he says if you do not take it into your mind?
Except for the reading or hearing a good translation of the Bible, all other methods have been filtered through the minds of others: the pastor, radio preacher, your friend or some organization like a church, PBS or Fox News. Each of these and other entities can add, leave out or twist the concepts God is trying to communicate to you.
As Lizzie often says in this blog, Scripture is a personal message from God to you.