Far too many Judeo-Christians sit in the pew week after week, listening to the Judeo-Zionist-Christian “leader” behind the pulpit, without ever checking for themselves what it is they are being taught.
It is our responsibility to study the Scriptures for ourselves. Show <i>thyself</i> …
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
In the original Greek the English word study is Strong’s G4704 spoudazo: to hasten, make haste or to exert one’s self, endeavor, give diligence.
I wonder how many Judeo-Christians make haste to get home to open their bibles after being fed the milk of the word – usually a verse taken out of context and then expounded upon for 30 minutes – by their pastor to do the due diligence and check up and either confirm or refute what they just heard? Most likely, they rush home to turn on the Korean made LG or Samsung 50″ flat screen plasma TV so has not to miss any more Sunday NFL football.
As any investor or businessman knows, due diligence is important in any financial or business investment. No investor or businessman in his right mind would simply accept the word of one person, no matter how well they knew that person or how much they thought that person “knew their stuff,” without confirming, for themselves, the information they received.
Without a doubt, spiritual scripture knowledge is more important than investment or business information. So, why is it we so often accept what we hear from those we hardly know as if it is the gospel truth?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God.
Approved here is in the Greek G1384 dokimos which is accepted and was used particularly of coins and money.
In the time of the Greek and Roman empires, there was no banking system as we know it today. All money was made from metal, mostly precious metals, usually copper, silver or gold. Many unscrupulous people would shave the coins – making them less valuable than what was stated on their face.
However, some dealers and money handlers were honest men, dealt with just weights and measures, as commanded by Yahweh and would not accept “counterfeit,” that is, shaved coins. These men were known as dokimos money changers.
All through history, too many teachers have “shaved the scriptures” to suit their twisted agenda, resulting in a pretzel theology, that they then feed to the unsuspecting “flock.” If only more of us would choke on this pretzel theology.
We as Christians are advised by Paul to study – to make haste to use due diligence – to confirm or refute what we have read or heard concerning the Word of Yahweh, and thus be known as dokimos Christians by those who know us.
More importantly, as we rightly divide the word of truth, we will be approved – accepted by Yahweh, as being a genuine workman with no cause for shame.