Daily Bible Reading Reflections

“Have You Not Read?”

Today’s Bible reading is Joshua 7 and Matthew 19.

Matthew 19 is full of questions people asked Jesus. Important questions. Life-altering, eternity-shaping questions.

  • “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” (19:3)
  • “What good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (19:16)
  • “What do I still lack?” (19:20)
  • “Who then can be saved?” (19:25)
  • “What then will we have?” (19:27)

Do you remember how Jesus began his response to the Pharisees’ question about divorce? “Have you not read…?” (Matt 19:4-5)

People continue to have questions. Lots of questions. Important questions. Life-altering, eternity-shaping questions. Questions can be a very good thing. They show we’re thinking. But I wonder if Jesus wouldn’t respond to many of us exactly as he did in Matthew 19. “Have you not read?”

At times, it can be difficult to maintain the discipline of Bible reading. Life for many of us is very, very busy. But the questions don’t disappear, do they? Maybe we don’t have a question on our mind, but a golden opportunity falls into our lap in the form of someone else’s question:

  • “Should I get a divorce?”
  • “Is there life after death?”
  • “Why can’t I figure out what seems to be missing in my life?”
  • “I’ve made a real mess of my life; is there any hope?”
  • “What happens next?”

Jesus isn’t afraid of our big questions. But he’s also not afraid to ask us a question in response: “Have you not read?” Perhaps the answer, the wisdom, the way has been right there all along, in black-and-white, in that book I’m not picking up very often.

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