Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. Revelation 1:3
- to distinguish between, to recognize, to know accurately, to acknowledge…hence…
- to read
As a school teacher, children’s librarian, and now a private tutor for primary school-aged children, I teach reading among a few other subjects. Reading is my favorite because once a child grasps the ability to read, to sound out words, to put words into sentences and paragraphs, they begin to see those black marks on pages with a new perspective. It is such a pleasure to watch and is a joyous moment for these little ones.
Reading is made up of learning phonics, memorizing sight words, or reading all by sight rather than phonetically. It also is realizing that some/many words in the English language just do not make sense because they break the “rules.” I called them ‘outlaw words’ when I taught school; actually, I still do. The schools around here call them ‘rule breakers’…same thing. With a paper jail placed up on the bulletin board of the classroom, those words are put in jail and whenever a child has a hard time sounding a word out, I tell them that it is an ‘outlaw word.’ They immediately look to the jail and know the word. Funny how those little tricks work! Reading also includes comprehension, grammar, and so much more.
In the verse above, ‘to read’ goes deeper than learning to read. As we read God’s Word, spending time in His Word to us requires a relationship with the One Who wrote these words. We may hear far more than a simple reading might divulge. We may receive insight and knowledge of just what God means, what He is wanting to say to us, what God expects of us. There is so much buried in this beautiful Treasure. The Bible is a jewel that we have been given to read, to dive into, delve, explore, search, dwell upon, mull over, reflect upon.
There is so much to learn in God’s Word.
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,…. Ephesian 3:4
LORD, I love Your Word. I can read it, but I pray that I will understand just what You intend for me to learn. I want to grow and gain in wisdom, in integrity, in genuineness, and in love as I listen to You through Your Word and through the Holy Spirit. May words that seem foreign to me not be outlaw words for You make them clear to me. As I read Your Word, I ask Your Holy Spirit to guide and direct me so that the words coming from me are sincere and loving toward all I encounter. I want to reflect Jesus to others, and that will come by knowing You, LORD.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I pray in the solid Name of Jesus. Amen.