Thursday, March 19, 2009
USIN AND THUMMIN
I am finally home and actually did a little housework today. My Mom is now in the nursing home. She has her good days and bad days. We are all doing pretty good. I have never like to go to nursing homes. It is always depressing to me. I guess the Lord thought I needed to get over that feeling, so here we are going at least twice a week or more. I am so glad for the Word that gives us comfort when we need it , cheers us when we are down cast. I suppose in all of this sitting with Mom and knowing what we were facing and are now facing ~ the Lord is always there. He promised He would never leave us or forsake us. I'm so glad for His promises that we can depend on. I read a true little story called: Usin' and Thummin' A minister in England had frequent conversations with and uneducated cobbler who, nevertheless, was well acquainted with the Word of God. One day he mentioned the cobbler's remarkable knowledge of the Bible to a young friend. His friend boasted that he could ask some questions the cobbler would be unable to answer. on being introduced to the man, the visitor asked, "Can you tell me what the Urim and Thummin were?" The cobbler replied, "I don't know exactly; I understand the words apply to something that was on the breastplate of the high priest. I know the words mean 'Light and Perfection' and that through the Urim and Thummin the high priest was able to discern the mind of the Lord. But I find that I can get the mind of the Lord by just changing a few letters. I take this blessed Book and by usin' and thummin' it, I get the mind of the Lord. I wonder are we usin and thummin enough in the Word of God. There are three remarkable rules for Bible study. The first is: "Get everything out of the Bible." Let it be the teacher. Do not come to prove your theory, but find what is truth. The second rule is, "Read nothing into the Bible." There needs to be a strong purpose and deep humility of spirit to follow the second rule. The third rule is: "Let nothing remain concealed in the Book." The first rule makes the result dependable, the second makes it accurate; the third makes it fully rounded, avoiding partial or half views. S.D. Gordon Just thought I would pass on what I read today.