I could literally burst with excitement about this message!
But I’m trying to contain myself enough to at least form a handful of coherent sentences. (You can thank me later…)
Here’s the thing: a title like I chose for this post could go A LOT of different ways. And where I’m going with it may seem a little “off the beaten path”, but I am choosing to trust the Holy Spirit on this one and to roll with it.
You see, I had a completely different devo post in mind for this week. But I’ve spent the last two days praying over my half-written post because it just. wasn’t. working.
[At least not yet.]
And maybe it was because the Lord had something better.
For me and for you.
I am fairly confident that I have mentioned a time or two (or a hundred) that I’m taking Koine Greek as part of my seminary studies. Well, tonight (and tomorrow) began a new semester of said Greek studies, and at the end of class we were reading and discussing John 4:7-14 in the Greek (which actually has very little to do with this post, but I would encourage you to go read it for context anyways).
As we were reading, I was struck with a [what I have always deemed to be sacrilegious] thought that has plagued me before:
“Conversations in Scripture (even between Jesus and others) often seem to be abbreviated and/or poeticized…perhaps to reflect the nature and direction of a given conversation in order to emphasize the important elements rather than a word-for-word recording of said conversation.”
Maybe I’m the only one who thinks this? It’s just that I tend to be wordy (shocking, right?) and detailed in my conversations, and rarely do I have conversations as succinct as they appear in Scripture. And it’s not like they walked around with voice recorders back in those days…
But tonight, as I was processing this thought, I was promptly reminded of the following:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God
and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16 (English Standard Version)
If “all Scripture is breathed out by God” (which I firmly believe that it is), then whether or not conversations throughout its pages are “word-for-word recordings” is irrelevant.
Because the words that ARE recorded are what matters.
Because the words that ARE recorded are the important elements.
Because the words that ARE recorded are the exact parts of the conversations that we were intended to read about and know.
ESPECIALLY when it comes to the words of Jesus.
And as my professor had to use no less than four or five English words (words including “fountain, bubbling, and overflowing”) to define and describe the phrase “welling up” as it occurs in John 4:14…
“The water that I will give him
will become in him a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.”
(ESV – emphasis added)
…I was made keenly aware that as an example for how my conversations with others should go, as an example for sharing the gospel, as an example of how life is to be lived, and as the essence of life itself…
Jesus’ words are enough.
Jesus is enough.
Jesus is MORE THAN enough.