Teach the Text

“They taught in Judah having the book of the law of the LORD with them; and they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.” (2 Chronicles 17:9)

Why emphasize that Jehoshaphat’s officials taught with the book of the law?  Simple – most religious teachers don’t have God’s Word with them while they teach.  We must not construe religion with Christianity or philosophizing with scriptural guidance.

It is easy to say and teach things that have all the ring of truth to them without any of the weight of Bible behind them.  It is appropriate for us to expect Bible teachers to know their Bible and to provide verse references and proper context for whatever points they are making.  It is more than appropriate – it is mandatory.

James warned against wanting to teach but not being prepared to do so in James 3:1 and Paul warned students about acquiring teachers that appealed to our senses without appealing to the text in 2 Timothy 4:3.  The teacher and the student both have a responsibility to seek out the Word of God.

Matt 4:4 #Biblebites

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