Day 135/260: Read Matthew 10
Context is vitally important when studying the Scriptures. When considering the context of a passage, you must ask, “Who is being addressed?” God was talking to Noah when he said to build an ark. That command does not apply to us. Likewise, Jesus said some things to His apostles that do not apply to us today.
The Lord said to the apostles, “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” The apostles were inspired to say what they said.
That does not apply to us. We must be diligent in our study to be sure that what we say lines up with the revealed will of God. He is not going to whisper in our ear and tell us what to say. We must prepare ourselves to tell the good news by feasting on the Word.
Paul told Timothy, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). If God still spoke directly to man today, there would be no need for the inspired Word; there would be no need to study at all.
Remember context, and prepare yourself to teach others.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Matthew 10:39. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
Pray for wisdom and discernment when studying the Word.