Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY words will not pass away!”
“As is!” Written
On the ladder of HIS
WORD both ascending
and descending –
Verse by Verse.
So we learn upon each
step with great
attention given HIM.
In context – “Rung by
rung” then our
movements are in
order – Verse by Verse.
Neither skipping nor
“connected” is our
Walk therefore without
shortcuts, and without
exaggerations – Verse
since HIS WORD
stands alone and
“As Is!” written!
As HIServant reminded and reminding to walk through HIS WORD in a Step-by-Step fashion,
Devotional: Proverbs 30:5-6 “Every word of GOD proves true; HE is a shield to those who take refuge in HIM. Do not add to HIS words, lest HE rebuke you and you be found a liar!”
“As is!” Written might sound like “Less Than”.
To many who pick up the WORD of GOD, it is as if HE didn’t explain or write it like it should have been.
By going back before the misrepresentations of current translations, by looking at the Septuagint, many “ladder rungs” have been removed AND added.
1 Kings 2:46 is once such example when many lines from one verse were removed.
Frankly there’s more than just a few times where “contextual streamlining” has happened.
As if GOD’s stern command of “Neither add nor remove from MY WORD” was a mere suggestion.
GOD’s WORD must be carefully weighed and handled. It’s not meant to be used like a firefighter might use a ladder to get out of a burning house.
You’ve seen where they as well as soldiers and police in training slide down just using the outside rails.
Comparatively then, such actions taken during Bible study equate to “spiritual shortcutting”.
It’s jumping over words and sentences to get to a key phrase that’s then “ripped out of context.”
So this “Note to Self” is directed inward most of all…because HE is THE WORD.
So take HIM as HE IS without changing texts, manipulating content or otherwise just to inaccurately define GOD in your own “comfort zone box” of words.
Deuteronomy 4:2 “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your GOD that I command you.”
Amen and amen!