Thursday, April 4, 2013
The Burden and Inspiration of the Word
A God who created the universe by His Word has spoken to the prophets and there is no reason to doubt that under God's inspiration and guidance there is no mistake or error in Scripture for ultimately the author of Scripture is God himself. When we claim that Scripture is inspired it does not mean that there is no requirement in expending great effort in interpreting Scripture for Scripture is multifaceted, varied and to interpret it accurately and coherently requires great skill and understanding of the whole breath of Scripture. That said, those who labour in mining the depths of Scripture deserve our honour and respect as Paul said, "do not muzzle the ox while he treads the grains". It is the nobles with their staffs (tools of skills and knowledge) that dig the wells of salvation and draw from them a well-spring of living waters that refresh the souls that feed on the wheat on God's Word. If one sermon lasts 30 minutes on average, my 3-hour lectures are equivalent to 6 sermons a day and times 3 that would make a total of 18 sermons a week during week-days plus another sermon or two on a Sunday. No wonder my strength is giving way, no like before when I was in my 30s where I could preach the whole week-ends preaching in 7 services on average in many revival meetings throughout Borneo. Now I am doing it in Singapore where the ground is hard and the response is slow and the workers toil long hours without rewards and without fruits. Kyrie Eleison!
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