Why Bible College?

John 7:19-20 WEB

Didn’t Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?” [20] The multitude answered, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?”

Jesus was speaking to a crowd, or multitude, of people. The crowd was in Jerusalem for the Feast of Booths. They were pressing into the outer courts of the temple, both commoners and leaders. Everyone wanted to hear Jesus. Some were there for innocent reasons. Many were not. It’s to this group Jesus says, “Why do you seek to kill me?”

This is where things get interesting. The masses of Israel, or the crowd, were easy to influence. When Jesus called the leaders out for their deadly plot, the leaders likely encouraged the crowd to shout demon (Mark 15:11, Acts 17:8). So, they screamed, “You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?”

Hold up. What? That verse says Jesus has a demon! Of course, we know the crowd is wrong. But it is important to recognize not all the people in the Bible tell the truth (Gen 12:11, Acts 5:2-3). The Bible contains the truth, and it is the truth.

However, in many places in the Bible, writing structures such as sarcasm (Mat 12:1-3), chiasm (Gen 9:6), and misdirection (Jud 7:16-22) are used to convey the truth. So, how you read the Bible matters. Would you recognize sarcasm as a deliberate writing structure? Can you identify a chiasm?

It is critical to recognize the importance of Bible School. It is not a bad thing to come from the masses, or from a humble beginning. It is a bad thing to have access to training and yet fail to educate yourself before you teach the Bible (1 Cor 9:25). The Lord said people should not seek to be teachers (Mat 23:8). The implication is leaders are responsible for what they teach the flock.

However, some teachers cannot go to school. The Holy Spirit will help you with your task (Mat 10:19). For most people, training is available. Even in the most devastated places, there are missionary schools to train local pastors.

Lord Jesus, please teach me to read the Bible with wisdom and understanding. Please forgive me for any past errors. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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