Deciding "not to choose" is still making a choice.

"They (the Levites) read from the scroll of the TEACHING OF GOD, translating it and giving the sense; so they (the people) understood the reading." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

When Ezra read the BOOK OF THE LAW OF MOSES, the Levites would explain the teaching to the people [Nehemiah/Nechemah 8. 7], so they could understand it literally.  "Then the people answered —Amen! Amen!— with hands upraised. Then they bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before YEHOWAH with their faces to the ground." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 6 Tanakh, Kethuvim]

If people, especially true CHRISTians, would spend more time reading God'S Word, they too would perceive and understand the many treasures in it.  The congregation of Israel in Ezra's time found the Word both vital and interesting as "the people were weeping as they listened to the words of the TEACHING." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 8. 9 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  Then, "standing in their places, they read from the scroll of the TEACHING OF YEHOWAH their GOD for one-fourth of the day, and for another fourth they confessed and prostrated themselves before the LORD their GOD." [Nehemiah (Nechemah) 9. 3 Tanakh, Kethuvim]  

Today we have the entire WORD OF GOD written down and easily obtainable for the reading. Therefore, CHRIST-like-ones should be even more concerned and we should have a better understanding.  The narratives of the OLD COVENANT are understood in the wonderful light of the NEW COVENANT.  You will find love, humbleness, peace, pearls, roses diffusing their scent, blessedness, resurrection and heavenly treasures.  Also, you will find that the MOST HIGH GOD is leading us into and victoriously through the battles in this wilderness.

One simply needs to read the HOLY SCRIPTURES and believe it literally, and accept it.  Keep in mind that the understanding of the WORD OF THE LORD comes by careful study of the LIFE-GIVING WORD OF THE LIVING GOD because, "precept (rule, guideline) must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little." [Isaiah/Yeshayah 28. 10]  

In reality, SACRED SCRIPTURES are not hard to understand, just hard to believe and obey.  The BIBLE was written with the important objective of being understood and well-established into our being.  The HOLY SPIRIT, it's WRITER, lives within the true believer.  "The HELPER, the HOLY SPIRIT, WHOM the FATHER will send in MY NAME, HE will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." [John 14. 26]  It is our responsibility, however, to put HIS WORD into our minds by READING THE WORD!!!

May the mind-set of your heart ever be like that of King David who said, "Oh, how I love YOUR TEACHING! It is my meditation all the day...to do what pleases YOU, ELOHEY, is my desire; YOUR TEACHING is in my inmost parts." [Psalms (Tehillym) 119. 97; 40. 8 Tanakh, Kethuvim] Seek the LORD, the MIGHTY GOD OF ISRAEL and live.

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Comment by Dr. Henry, President of the AOCI on May 1, 2012 at 9:58pm

Amen! I love the scroll pic! Glory to God!

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