I don’t know the Bible: I’ve read a lot of books about the Bible. I’ve read a lot of books about those who know the Bible. I’ve studied the Bible in college and seminary. The problem is that I don’t know the Bible. I know enough of the stories to wade my way through a conversation about the Bible. I’ve preached enough sermons to make it appear that I know the Bible, but the truth is...I don’t know the Bible. Often in our class one of the speakers will look at us and ask “Where is that in the Bible?”. As I sheepishly dig into my backpack to avoid their eye contact I realize, in that moment, how little I actually know of the Bible. Shame on me. Our people group, the Masikoro, do not have a Bible in their language. What they would give to have just one copy of the Bible to read and study. I have multiple copies laying around the house and I still don’t know it. Shame on me!
The fact of the matter is that none of us really know the Bible as much as we could. The Bible is a deep well. Drinking from its surface once or twice does not quench the thirst. In fact the deeper one digs the richer the taste, but there is still more.
We are going to a people who do not need the latest church growth model, self-help book, organizational manual, or inspiring devotional. They need the Word of God. If I don't know it, how will they?
Prayer Request: Please pray that I will study to know my Bible as passionately as those who have given their life to preserve it.