Surely there is a need for thorough teaching of the word of God in the Kingdom of God.Teaching of the scriptures is what make people the disciples of Christ. But it would be of more benefit to the teacher and the hearers, if they all received the revelation behind the word being taught. If the teacher doesn’t understand what he is teaching, what you get is, ‘THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND‘. Apparently and sadly both will end up in a ditch.
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Acts 8:30 (NLT)
The above scriptures is about a man travelled from a long distance from the Africa region through the desert to hear the worship God in Jerusalem. Bible called him, ‘ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH‘. According to the scriptures he was a man of high calibre with prestige. He was humble enough to create a time out of his busy schedule as monarch official to find time for a place of worship. Whereas there would be people living in Jerusalem who might have excuse of not attending. He was a man with passion for God and ready to go extra miles to serve God. He was a true worshipper not serving God when convenient.
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. John 4:23 (NIV)
Sadly, for this man he left the synagogue without understanding. It all seems like a time wasted. Just because the Bible Teacher of the day doesn’t understand the DOCTRINE OF DISPENSATION. Instead of teaching Christ, he was teaching ISAIAH. The man left the hall more confused than he came.
Thank God, Grace sent a man called PHILIP to his rescue. The same sermon/scripture he was confused of, was the same clearly explained to him. Instead of Philip preaching Isaiah, he was preaching Christ from the same verses of scripture-he revealed Christ to him and he was full of joy.
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. Acts 9:34-35 (NLT)
My conclusion is this, until we begin to see Jesus on every page of the Bible, we will continue to teach or read scriptures in errors. Whenever we join Moses (Law), Elijah (Representing Prophets) and Jesus (Grace) together in doctrines and put them in the same pedestal, we will get confused like the ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH. And if you happen to be a teacher of the word, be ready to get your hearers confused as well. Jesus remains the author of the scriptures, it was all about Him, pointing to Him and fulfilled in Him. We don’t need three shelters, Jesus is the only shelter for the whole world.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:4-5 (NIV)