John 7:45-46 “Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.”
Charles M. Schulz wrote the comic strip “Peanuts.” They made several cartoon feature movies, and when the adults spoke, all you could hear is “wha, wha, wha.” When someone talks to us, our minds are sometimes so preoccupied that we hear the same response.
What truly happens when you read the Word of God?
Does the Spirit within agree with the truth of what we read, or do we hear, “Wha, wha, wha?”
Do you find yourself at odds or in disagreement with what God says?
Does what we read fall upon a heart that says, “I know that already” or, “I have heard that before.”?
What response or reaction occurs when we read the Word of God?
Do we receive it as information to be stored?
Do we lightly acknowledge that it is true and pass right by?
Are we satisfied with completing a reading schedule regimen and never engaging with our Teacher, the Holy Spirit of God?
The soldiers in today’s passage heard words from the One who spoke the world into existence. They weren’t overtly religious like the Pharisees. They were employed to carry out the bidding of those in charge of the temple.
As they followed the Pharisees’ orders to take Jesus into custody, they heard things that caused their heart to stop and take notice. It wasn’t just another speaker with some fancy words; it cut to the very heart of who they were and how they were living.
The buzz among the crowd debated whether or not this man that spoke was the promised Messiah or that Prophet sent to prepare the way for Messiah to come. Jesus declared Himself openly and boldly.
Jesus declares Himself to us every time we read the Word of God. The sweet Spirit bears witness to the truth we read and confirms it to be true. We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking ourselves spiritual because all the checkboxes on our Bible reading schedule are filled.
I was convicted by a message several years ago by a preacher who began his message this way, “I hate to read my Bible in the morning.”
He further explained that he was not a morning person, and his flesh rebelled against getting up early, and it carried into his time of devotion. His character caused him to continue, knowing that it not only was his duty to do so as a pastor and preacher of the Word of God but as a child of the King.
He relayed that once he began, God began to soften his heart and speak to him as he continued. He established a principle to keep reading until God spoke to Him.
Sometimes it only took a verse or two. Other times it took longer. But living by that principle helped him to come to the Word of God, expecting to meet with the One who wrote it – every time.
Can it be said that we, like the soldiers, can say, “Never man spake like this man.”?
We must come to God and ask for the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth as promised.
John 16:13-14 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
We must wait on God to hear and obey that which we read.
The Bible is a spiritual book, and we who read it must be spiritual to understand it.
So, it makes sense to engage the One designed to interpret truth for us at the outset and listen as we read.
Then, we can, like the soldiers say, “Never man spake like this man.”