There are no idle details in the Bible
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
The written Word of God was established as a witness to mankind of God’s purpose, plan, and design, and as such, there is no part of it that is unimportant, trivial, or meaningless. Some may challenge this by reciting some passage or other that may not be readily understood by this or that person, or even passages which seem to merely record lineage, names, and seemingly minor events. However, passages containing family histories can contain some interesting, as well as revealing, facts.
And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. (Genesis 10:25)
This individual by the name of Peleg was born during a time of great turmoil. This was the time during which the people of the earth had been divided by language because of events at the tower of Babel, and this division was further enhanced by an apparent physical separation.
Peleg peh’-leg the same as 6388; earthquake; Peleg, a son of Shem:–Peleg. see HEBREW for 06388 (Strong’s, 06389)
It is clear that there had been at least one earthquake, and more likely a series of earthquakes of such magnitude that they caused his parents to name him “earthquake.” It is believed by some that Peleg was born during the period of time during which a further separation of the continents may have occurred. Now, scientists will claim that the earth’s formation and continental “drift” occurred over millions or billions of years, depending on whom you ask. However, there remains the question of granite. granite contains “halos” caused by the deterioration of Polonium 214, a radioactive isotope of Polonium. This isotope decays rapidly, within fractions of a second, and so it is impossible for granite to have formed over millions of years, or from the cooling of magma, since the heat of magma would have obliterated these traces of Polonium. The earth’s crust would have had to have become solid very rapidly, or granite simply would not exist. This is one of numerous pieces of undeniable scientific evidence pointing to the likelihood of earth being much younger than “science” suggests, and that geological changes may not take as long as has been suggested by conventional theories.
We must also bear in mind that there are truths that are declared which may not necessarily have been revealed– yet. For example, much of the Bible was inaccessible to the general public for centuries, until God used a man named Gutenberg to attempt to make the Bible available to more than just the scholarly or the clergy of the time.
As leaders, we are sometimes guilty of sticking to the “tried and true” or popular sermon topics, and while God can move even through the reading of a particularly boring sermon of an obscure 18th century preacher, we very often miss out on a great many revelatory gems by glossing over books or passages of the Bible which to us may not seem to be of immediate or relevant interest. In my own case, it was an undeniable urge to read the 18th chapter of Deuteronomy which led me into what was, for me, an entirely new dimension of understanding about the Apostolic and Prophetic mantles. In fact, I challenge all who are reading this to pay particular attention to verses 15-22 and then to re-evaluate your views regarding what constitutes true prophetic utterance and the importance of remembering God’s standard for the execution of the prophetic.
God’s word declares his truth through principles, proclamations, predictions, patterns, and paradigms. If we understand this then we can begin to see his word in a way that will uncover mysteries that will bring us to a higher walk with Him.
Sometimes revelation knowledge lies not only in what the text says, but also in what the text implies. For this reason alone, we must learn to never disregard any detail in our studies, because therein may lie the answer to a prayer, the solution to a problem, the blueprint for a vision, and perhaps even a renewed and clarified mandate for the call on your life and on the lives of others.
Remember: There are no idle details in the Word of God.
Why did Peter’s net break?
In Luke 5, Peter has spent all night fishing, and has caught nothing. Many of us preach out of Luke 5 and never even notice that the reason that Peter’s net broke was that he was supposed to have let down his nets, not just one net. This is an important lesson for us as leaders, not just in terms of attention to detail, but also in terms of stewardship. It frequently occurs that we have missed out on tremendous opportunities because we only made a half-hearted effort, or because we expected poor results, and so we did not fully yield ourselves to God’s prompting. “Well, Lord, I’ll try, is pretty close to what most of us say when confronted with a challenge which seems unlikely to be overcome.
“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.'” –Jedi Master Yoda
Yes, that’s right. I quoted Yoda. Please don’t make me do it again. On a more serious note, we must understand that God never tells us to try. In fact, until his moment of doubt, Peter believed that if Jesus called him out onto the water, he would be able to walk on it, too (Matthew 14:28). The fact that God has commanded you to do something is what empowers you to do it. The key is that you’d better be sure He sent you.
The woman with the issue of blood. (Luke 8:43-48)
Why was this woman trembling with fear after she had been miraculously healed, and why did she have to explain why she had touched Him to those around her? The Law made it clear that anyone with an issue was unclean. In the case of a woman with a bloody issue, it was unclean to touch her, or anything she had touched, and therefore she had to be separated from everyone as if during her menstrual separation (Leviticus 15:19-30). Since she had lived this way for twelve years, this was something well-known to the community, and so to even be in the crowd was an offense; to touch a prophet of God was unthinkable. Why does this matter? This was an open demonstration of Christ’s authority to cleanse Israel, as well as a miraculous healing. This is a vital component of ministry that we have to a great degree overlooked. The growing trend in Christianity has been “come as you are,” which has, for all practical purposes become “stay as you are,” and the result is a people who look to the Lord for forgiveness, but rarely seek Him earnestly for cleansing. This woman didn’t just want momentary relief; she wanted a permanent solution.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)
One of the most neglected details of Luke 8:43-49 is the need to recognize problems for what they are, and the need to seek a decisive and permanent solution. The Bible tells us that the fountain of her blood stopped (v. 44), and thus we must understand that to thoroughly deal with sin we must confront the root causes, not just surface symptoms. We will deal with this particular topic in more detail in the future.
Points for Discussion:
- Since there are no idle details in the Word of God, we can understand that sometimes seemingly insignificant details or events in our lives can be important to the development of our call. Reconsider the minor events of your life, and evaluate them in this light.
- Select a passage of Scripture that is not commonly used in teaching and preaching and re-evaluate it in detail. Expound upon your findings.