Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:24-29)
Today's Morsel: Well, it's time to head back to school. All around the world, people are heading back to school to finish and move forward. We, too, must start school when it come to the Word and things of God. We must study to show ourselves approved of God as Paul said (2 Timothy 2:15. Paul seems to be an educator when it comes to the things of God. He told Timothy, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also"(2 Timothy 2:2). He told the church at Philippi, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Philippians 4:11). And he told the church at Galatia that the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. When we study Old Testament scripture it should draw us to Christ and reveal to us who Jesus truly was. When we understand Old Testament scriptures, we can understand Paul when he said," Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power" (Colossians 2:8-10). The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Isaiah asked the question, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear" (Isaiah 28:9-12). He said that the precepts; the commandment, the rule, the instruction, and the principles that guides our actions, especially ones that guide our moral behavior, are going to be taught to those who are weaned from the milk. You can't be a babe and grow in Christ. It's time that we get off the milk and start eating the meat of the Word. That begins by studying and attending school.
Sing: Deeper, Deeper in the love of Jesus, daily let me go; higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.
O' deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day, and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious Holy Word.