As I read the scriptures in
Isaiah 1:10 quoted below, a verse in Romans came immediately to my mind:
Isaiah, as did Paul understood the need to “Hear the word of the LORD.” In the times both men were speaking, there was no King James Bible available for an individual to read. The
of Isaiah’s time had access to the Pentateuch, and the Apostles preached through letters, based on Jesus’ teachings. All of the Apostles except Paul were uneducated. Both Peter and Paul were the leaders, yet Paul, the educated one became the most prolific writer of them all. Temple Priests
So now that we have a Bible, why do we have to “Hear the word of the LORD?” When we read, our comprehension and retention isn’t as high as when we “read and hear.” (We get double duty, retain more, and have a better understanding of the studied scripture.)
This is why it is imperative that we read our Bible at home, bring it to Church, and read the scriptures as they are given. The Preaching, the reading, and the hearing makes for a better and more secure understanding of God’s Word.
Isaiah 1:10 that we are told “…Learn to do well…,” not in terms of the world, but on God’s terms “…give ear unto the law of our God,..” As Christians, our primary failing is in the thought, “I am doing alright, not into sin too much.” The question is if we know we are intentionally sinning, then “How much sin is too much?” We as Christians are going to sin, (it is our nature) given to us by Adam. Our task through the Holy Spirit and looking toward Jesus is to sin as little as possible. When we realize we have sinned, we must go to our knees and ask Jesus to forgive us. In that prayer we must be repentant, (sorry and willing to not repeat that sin,) and ask Jesus to forgive us and help us not to repeat that sin.
Does your heart want “to do well?” Are you “hear[ing] the word of the LORD?” Have you forsaken the “…the assembling of ourselves together…?” (Hebrews 10:25) Are you growing in the Lord? Are you exhorting others without a complete understanding, or because of your absence from church are you “…learn[ing] to do well…?”
Have you asked?
Bro. John R. E Chastain