The unanticipated benefits of God’s word

Scripture is like a good meat rub. The Master Chef says, “Add this.”

And I think, “But how does that help the final taste?”

I don’t understand how it all works. But it’d be foolish of me refuse good counsel.

Scripture is useful for training me in righteousness. Even in ways I can’t anticipate.

  • Genealogy lists.
  • Population counts.
  • Levitical purity.
  • Tabernacle specifications.
  • Dramatic sins.
  • Imprecatory Psalms.
  • Conquest.

Learning these “make us wise for salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15). They give us a taste of what is to come, they reveal the heart of God, they teach us wisdom and the “general equity” principles for holiness, they refine our view of nature, and they prime us for recognizing the Messiah.

And they do this in a thousand ways we aren’t aware of.

“The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalm 19:8)