During Jesus’ days on earth, His wisdom and knowledge of the scriptures so marveled the Pharisees and religious experts of His time and attracted their envy. They repeatedly tried testing Him to see whether they could trap Him. And on one such encounter, the following ensued:
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?””What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?”
I would really like you to ponder on the above scripture for a while. There are two questions there. The first is “What is written?” and the second is, “How do you read it?”
You see, what is written in the law, in God’s word, is important; but how you read it, is also important. In other words, when you look into the scripture, when you look into God’s word, what do you see? How do you read what is written. How do you interpret it? What is written in God’s word is important but how you read it- that is, your interpretation of it is crucial. A lot of folks see what they have been conditioned by religion to see.
Apostle Paul tells us in the second book of Corinthians that:
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
~2 Corinthians 3:6-7
How you read or interpret God’s word is very important; because, like Paul wrote, following the mere letters of what God has said in His word can be very hazardous. For most of us, when we look into the Scripture, all we can comprehend is what we have been taught over time to see. We see what we have been primed by religion to see. And many times because of this, we don’t get to appreciate actually what the Holy Spirit is trying to show us.