In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction [or learning] in righteousness”, bracket mine.
Join in the journey to glean or renew spiritual disciplines that will help you in your daily walk with God. Over the course of these next eight days we will review six spiritual disciplines to help you answer this question… What Are You Learning?
The Book of Proverbs says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (1:7a). When I was a little boy, I lived next door to my grandparents. I learned many things from my experiences with them like helping plant seeds in the garden. I remember when I would come home from school they would ask me “Did you learn them teachers anything today?”
My grandparents were children of the Great Depression, so survival was their family goal; not education. However, they knew the importance of learning. They wanted to make sure I was learning. So, in their unique way they would ask me, “What are you learning?”
Let me ask you the same question for your Christian walk, “What Are You Learning?”
We see in the Old Testament an account in 1 Samuel 19 when David fled to Ramah where the prophet Samuel was. David told Samuel about all the things King Saul had been doing to him. From Ramah, they both went to live in Naioth where there was a “company of prophets” with Samuel appointed as their schoolmaster.
18 So David fled, and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth. 19 And it was told Saul, saying, Behold, David is at Naioth in Ramah. 20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. -- 1 Samuel 19:18-20 (KJV)
Later in the New Testament, we read in Galatians 3:24 how the Apostle Paul designated the Old Testament law as the schoolmaster, which will bring us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. -- Galatians 3:24 (KJV)
Another example of the importance of learning from the Bible is a story we read from when Jesus was a boy. He was left in Jerusalem by His parents after the Feast of Passover when he was 12 years old. After searching for three days, Luke 2 tells us they found Jesus in the temple courts sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. We see Jesus learning.
We have a lot we can learn from our “school” today.
So let me ask you again. “What Are You Learning?”
Over the next eight days, we will review some things we can learn at “school” this week.
DAY 1 SCRIPTURES
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: -- 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. -- Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. -- Luke 2:40-52 (KJV)