Explain and give light


Some explanations confuse more than they clarify. But presenting the meaning of God’s words to others causes an almost magical effect.

The teaching of your word gives light,
so even the simple can understand.
Psalm 119.130 NLT

The simple are those who have not yet learned. On the one hand, the enemies don’t want to know. They rebel against the knowledge of God’s word. The simple, on the other hand, are open to learning. These are the ones that the teacher searches for.

Giving light refers to understand and the possibility of following another way and of reaching another destination. The same psalm affirms: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” v. 105.

The term teaching (GNT: “explanation;” WYC: “declaring”) translates the Hebrew pethach, which means “opening, unfolding, entrance, doorway.” The NIV/NASB Study Bible notes that the term here can mean (1) revelation (so HCSB), (2) interpretation or explanation, or (3) the entering of God’s words into the heart (so NKJV).

What is taught are the words of God, and not some social theory, political alignment, or human philosophy. It restricts itself to God’s word. Only Scripture has the capacity to give light.

The effect of giving light to others reminds us what a great privilege (and responsibility!) we have in God’s plan. This is why we share the same desire as David in Psalm 51.13: “Then I will teach rebels your merciful ways, and sinners will turn to you” NET.

May I speak, O God of light, only your words so that people will be guided in your path.

Hold this thought: Intelligence is hearing God’s word, and then sharing it.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

4 thoughts on “Explain and give light

  1. The more I preach, the finer the line I see between the power of “the Word,” and the exposition of it. God obviously expects His Word not only to be read, but expounded upon by faithful ones. That beings so, is treacherous to constantly walk the wire, seeking to amplify rather than minimize or distract. God bless you as you continue to seek to do the former, which you do, in my opinion, very well.

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