Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” Matthew 22:29
Jesus is being questioned about marriage and resurrection. His examiners had reached conclusions about both issues and wanted to know Jesus’ thoughts. He explains the truth to them but he prefaces his response with this one great line.
First, his inquisitors simply did not know the scriptures. Interestingly enough the group asking the questions were the Sadducees. The Sadducees were a religious group trying to live righteous lives. They had a high view of the Torah or the first five books of the Bible. Apparently they held these books in high regard but they did know really know what they said.
Is is possible to believe the Bible is God’s word and value it above all books and yet have no real idea what it says?
Second, Jesus states they his listeners did not know the power of God. The people asking the questions did not believe in supernatural activity. There were no miracles and nothing has happened that could not be explained in some natural way. Apparently they had limited God’s power to actions that only they could understand.
Is it possible to believe in God but have no real trust in His power? Could someone say, “I believe in God” but not really believe the God will ever work in their life?
In reading this passage I was reminded of a teacher who continually reminded his students that “all wrong actions are the result of wrong believing.”
I think Jesus wants those in the crowd that day to know that if we have a limited view of God and a limited knowledge of His word then our lives will be frequently lived with errors. We will make mistakes and have problems that we could have avoided because of our limited knowledge and faith.
Thankfully both of these issues have a solution. We can change our mind about God and usually that comes through the reading of scripture.
All of this is to ask what your Bible reading plan will be for 2016?
Maybe it will help you live a year without so many problems.