The Bible is not just a static book. It holds the truth of the Gospel in it. Life is wrapped up in its very words.
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
Scripture is inspired in that it is infused with the Person of the Holy Spirit. When we read Scripture, we encounter the Holy Spirit in a very personal way–if we are looking for Him. It’s not that He hides from us, but that we are initially spiritually blind, deaf and dumb,
17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Revelation 3:17
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? Mark 8:17-18
13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
It’s verse 15 that gives us the reason for their blindness and deafness: Their hearts had become calloused to spiritual things. They couldn’t hear His voice because they didn’t want to hear Him. But, Jesus calls us to Him, and when we answer Him, He heals us! In this life, we may rarely hear His voice audibly, but when we acknowledge this fact and quit looking for it, we will begin to look for Him in the Scriptures. and guess what? There He is! We CAN see Him and hear Him and understand Him,
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.” Jeremiah 29:13-14
So, when we read in the Gospels, “I am…,” we know that He is speaking to us even as He was speaking to those in His audience that day. “I am the Bread of Life,” “I am the Good Shepherd,” “Before Abraham was born, I AM,” I am humble and gentle,” “I am willing,” “I am from above,” “I am not of this world,” “I am the Gate,” “I am the resurrection and the life,” “I am the true vine,” “I am He (Jesus of Nazareth),” “I am ascending to My Father,” “I am sending you.”
Abba, help us hear Your voice in Your Word. You had it recorded for us so that we would know the truth, and Your truth sets us free. May we take full advantage of this wonderful resource called the Bible. Amen.