“I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked…. See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you (Zechariah 2:5-9; 14-15).
Don’t you think it’s weird so many Christians are asked to check their five senses at the door when it comes to faith? John Wimber prayed with his eyes open to see what God was doing. He also famously said, there were two prayers God answered, “Help?” and “Lord, What is wrong?”
In Zechariah’s case, if his eyes were shut and his ears closed, he’d miss angels measuring Jerusalem and a conversation between two angels promising a restored Jerusalem.
Angels helped Zechariah understand God’s word.
We need help in figuring out the Christian faith. In Luke 9, Jesus exhorts the disciples to “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it.”
To say the apostles failed to understand Jesus’ prophecy is an understatement. Luke offers three examples in the next few verses:
- An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.
- John said in reply, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow in our company.”
- (When the Samaritans refused to welcome Jesus), the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”
If this isn’t the definition of Non-Sequitor reasoning, I am not sure what is. Jesus brings up His impending death and the disciples talk about everything but Jesus’ death.
If disciples miss Jesus’ point, how much more Christians who go at it alone? Martin Luther thought St James was an epistle of straw with not much of the nature of Gospel in it. He thought the Book of Revelation was neither apostolic nor prophetic.
Interpreting the Bible by yourself is a dangerous business. Start on your knees and view it like Jesus’ saw His life. When Jesus asks us to take up our cross, He is giving us a “how to guide” in interpreting the Bible. Like Jesus start with the cross and end up at your own resurrection.
I am like the Ethiopian eunuch reading the prophet Isaiah, I need someone like Philip to sit beside us (Acts 8:30-31).
St. Jerome prayed this before his study of Scriptures:
Lord, you have given to us your Word to shine on our path: grant that we may so meditate on that Word and follow its teaching that we may find it in the light that shows more and more until the perfect day.