Matthew 13:18- 19 —— “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
Jesus is the true vine and we are His branches. It is important for the branch to be united to the vine. Yet why is it that there are so many branches who claim to be in Jesus yet fail to produce the fruit? Is it because they do not understand the Word of God and thus allow Satan to steal the Word from their heart?
Understanding the Bible is important because the Bible is God’s Word. When we open the Bible, we read God’s message to us. What could be more important than understanding what the Creator of the universe has to say?
We seek understanding of the Bible for the same reason a man seeks to understand a love letter from his wife/sweetheart. God loves us and desires to restore our relationship with Him. God communicates His love to us in the Bible (John3:16).
We seek understanding of the Bible for the same reason a mechanic seeks to understand a repair manual. Things go wrong in this world, and the Bible not only diagnoses the problem (sin) but also points out the solution (faith in Christ) (Romans 6:23).
If the person does not understand the meaning of the Word of God, then Satan has easy access to steal that seed out of his or her heart preventing the person from producing fruit. It is therefore important for a teacher to provide understanding, since it is only when a person understands can they believe and apply the Word bringing forth fruit.
The first thing a person should pray for is “understanding” of the Word of God. Due to lack of understanding Satan steals the Word and hence we are unable to produce fruit. We know from the scripture that if a branch does not bear fruit it is cut off from the vine – we lose our relationship with God.
Many people read the Bible daily without any change in their life due to a lack of understanding. Once we understand the Word of God, we become hungry for the Word and it changes our ways, renews our minds and helps to draw us closer to Jesus.
The Bible is a book that is not merely for reading. It is a book for studying so that it can be applied. Otherwise, it is like swallowing food without chewing and then spitting it back out again—no nutritional value is gained by it. The Bible is God’s Word. As such, it is as binding as the laws of nature. We can ignore it, but we do so to our own detriment, just as we would if we ignored the law of gravity. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough just how important the Bible is to our lives. Studying the Bible can be compared to mining for gold. If we make little effort and merely “sift through the pebbles in a stream,” we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to really dig into it, the more reward we will gain for our effort.
“Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”