There is a well-known proverb that claims, ‘It’s not WHAT you know but WHO you know that counts’. Most of us, no doubt, can cite examples supporting this. On many occasions the statement is linked to dubious activities, when a person wrongfully gains an advantage over others; however, in our meditation today we will focus on the positive good that believing it can bring.
There were many religious and political leaders in Israel when Jesus was on earth, who were extremely knowledgeable about the Old Testament scriptures and the Jewish Law. They were never slow at displaying this knowledge and used it to condemn others. Indeed, they even went as far as to use it to condemn Jesus: ‘And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say’, Luke chapter 11 verses 53-54.
However, their vast knowledge led to arrogance and prevented them ‘seeing’ that it was Jesus who had given them the Scriptures and that primarily they ‘spoke of Him’. They failed to see that He was the Son of God and their promised Messiah, who had come to save men and women, not to destroy them! Indeed, they ended up crucifying Him!
It is possible to have considerable knowledge about the Bible; nevertheless, it might be that you have never come to know the Person of whom it speaks. As far as its message is concerned, IT IS WHO WE KNOW THAT COUNTS! Knowing a lot about the Bible will not save you, but knowing Jesus as the One who died to save you, will!