Do we know the Scriptures and the power of God?
In Matthew 22, the Sadducees confront Jesus with theological (and irrelevant) questions. They ask Him about the resurrection, and whose wife a woman would be in the resurrection if she had been the wife of seven different husbands on earth. Obviously, their motive was to trick or trap, Jesus in order to discredit Him. It is interesting that Jesus answers them with this statement: “You are wrong.”
Pastor Richard Wurmbrand taught an important lesson. He said that we often struggle with answers to difficult questions but rather we do not challenge the question itself. If we ask the wrong questions, we surely will have issues with the answer. Jesus goes on to tell the Sadducees that they are wrong because they “do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matt. 22:29, ESV)
This is definitely convincing. We often struggle with a question, only to realize that had we understood the Bible and the power of God, we would not even have to ask such a question. In fact, we would have already known the answer!
The Sadducees erred in two ways. First and foremost, they looked at eternity through human eyes. History teaches us that they did not even believe in the resurrection, so their deceptive intentions were clear. Second, they did not recognize the Son of God standing before them, nor the power of His Father!
There is a similar example in John 20. Peter and John enter the empty tomb of Jesus and believe that someone took His body. Of this event, the Scriptures say: “ For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” (John 20:9)
In each of the two cases above, the Gospels refer to the Old Testament, or what is called the “ Tanakh,” the Hebrew Bible. The Old Testament could be seen as the most evangelical book in the world. Though we often call ourselves “New Testament Christian.” and we always focus on the Gospels and other books of the New Testament.
In the illustration above concerning the Sadducees, surely they knew the text of the Tanakh. They knew the laws and traditions. They were even assigned to tend to the Temple. Yet, they were also guilty of not looking at the Scriptures through the lens of the power and redemptive plan of God. Throughout the Old Testament, we read the prophesies and promises of God. Looking at it from Genesis through to Malachi, we see God’s plan, and how every event revealed in the narrative points to JESUS!
Multiple front-line mission workers have confirmed that their mission’s biggest threat is not persecution but lack of teaching, and the ability for false teachers and prophets to quickly confuse and deceive new converts. We can hand someone a tract and explain the four spiritual laws. We can share our own testimonies, and lead someone in the prayer of salvation. But the fact remains, if they are not well-versed in the Scriptures, we leave them as babes among the giants of this world.
The work for the first time ever iBIBLE, is to provide the world with an animation of the entire Bible. Yeah, it is critical to give a tool like iBIBLE to the mission field, and to our own children, for that matter. Just imagine yourself being able to engage with and understand the overarching Biblical narrative in only 18 hours. Even if a new believer only watched iBIBLE for one hour a day, they would be educated on the entire Bible in less than 3 weeks!
Many church leaders in the world have encouraged people to discard the Old Testament, or at least not worry about it. Now, if a person reads the Bible simply to debate, or only for the sake of completing it in a year, I would agree. However, if we encourage people to rediscover the Old Testament as seen through the eyes of God’s plan to restore mankind, it is the most exciting and life-changing book in history! Those leaders encouraging others to discard it could not be more wrong.
The challenge, or rather, the opportunity is to provide a presentation of the Scriptures in a way anyone can understand and engage with. The work on the iBIBLE is an exciting task about the Bible and it is a tool in the hand of God to reach the world with a free visual and interactive Bible.