During my senior year of high school, I took a vocational class called Carpentry. I remember that this class had a lot of upfront hours sitting in the classroom learning safety and concepts long before we were able to go onto the jobsite and actually put our knowledge to work. I learned a lot in the classroom, but my learning for the Carpentry trade accelerated greatly when there was someone showing me a new skill. In Acts chapter 8, there is a great example set for us on how we could teach or could learn the Scriptures. Take a look:
26 As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and he met the treasurer of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under the Kandake, the queen of Ethiopia. The eunuch had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was now returning. Seated in his carriage, he was reading aloud from the book of the prophet Isaiah.
29 The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”
30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.
32 The passage of Scripture he had been reading was this:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter.
And as a lamb is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
33 He was humiliated and received no justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.
36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.
Is it possible that we can learn Scripture by reading it on our own? Yes! Is it possible that we can learn Scripture by hearing it in a sermon? Yes! Is it possible that our learning of the sacred text is accelerated when we break it down one-on-one with another believer? Absolutely! If a Bible verse or chapter confuses you, don't just let it slide. Ask someone you trust to help you understand it. Around The Table, we love becoming Jesus followers! We know that the Bible can be confusing, let's tackle it together!
With sincere love for each of you,