Reflection. Inspiration and dictionary. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translate.

Week 70 shares with us: "Inspiration and the dictionary"

The leader of a cell of believers was explaining the need to walk with Christ, to be humble and meek. For this he read the following verse:

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and ye shall find rest for your souls; Matthew 11.29 RV60.

One of the group members raised his hand to ask a question:

Disciple - Sorry Carlos, What does yoke?
Carlos -? ¿? ¿?

The leader stood in awkward silence, 19 years ago I read the same passage to teach that only reach peace and rest for your souls imitating Jesus, but never knew it was a yoke, not explained what happened and neither look , so he could not answer the question.

Carlos was embarrassed and looked for an excuse to quickly finish the class. This situation, of Elders have taught subjects coming years, not knowing quite what you are saying, it is very common within the Churches and is part of the Pentecostal folklore. If Carlos had taken just a dictionary would have seen that Jesus used that word to describe what we had to learn how his disciples:

Yugo [1]
m. Wooden instrument which are yoked by the neck mules, oxen, etc., and which is secured lance truck or plow beam.
Jesus was referring to a common practice in his day, where wagons or plows were moving blood drive. The custom was that the animals work in pairs. When the farmer had a young ox that never worked, so yoked to the same yoke with an old ox knew the routine of his job perfectly. The young ox "learned" imitating older. The message of the image used by Jesus was very clear to them, to be a good Christian should just stick to Him in everything we do and imitate. The image was obvious to men that Jesus spoke in his time, giving examples of everyday things such as plowing, pruning the vine, herd sheep, but those same things and activities for an urban XXI Century are totally incomprehensible because not part of our life; then need to squint to understand the message of Jesus.

Carlos was taught to prepare lessons with his Bible, prayer and fasting, their leaders had taught him that taking Communion with God in this way was enough to have knowledge and wisdom, a classical Pentecostal teaching. But the failure to answer a simple question became apparent that in addition to prayer, Carlos urgently needed to learn to use a dictionary of Spanish.

The misstep of this leader, is actually a embarrassment system [2] present educational Church, which is covered with a religious mysticism lack of basic knowledge of their leaders (Reading, comprehension and vocabulary used, etc. )
The understanding of vocabulary in everyday language is essential to understand the text, here we speak of making a career or pursue tertiary Seminary, just to know what is being said. Paul clearly says in 1 Corinthians 14:15 Therefore it is necessary to understand the spiritual part as intellectual, therefore establish the contradiction between the spiritual and the intellectual is not only absurd, but unbiblical.

We have to study the Bible a perfect opportunity to teach the congregation to understand texts, which is the only way they can understand what God wants to say when they read his Bible at home. Also, understand what they read enable them to understand not only the Word, but any text, from a recipe to a budget or contract.

The lack of understanding of the Bible kills spiritually, as it says Hosea: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee; hast forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. Hosea 4.6 RV60.

Week 70 is about to begin at any moment, continue to promote ignorance covering of mysticism or seek to ensure that the people understand what God says?


Related Post:

[1] Dictionary of the Spanish language © 2005 Espasa-Calpe

[2] not-blame-pig-but-his-who.html

Folklore Pentecostal, Pentecostalism, Neo Pentecostalism, false teachings, 1 Cor 14:15, Hosea 4.6, spiritual antinomy - knowledge


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