And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:27
For a very long time my relationship with the Bible was through the eyes of someone else, what they preached, how they understood it and their interpretation of the Bible. I listened to alot of preachers at the time but it wasn’t like I followed them hook, line and sinker but I definitely was swayed by whatever wind of doctrine my favourite speaker at the time was preaching to me but for some reason somethings just never sat well with me. One of which was seeing the Bible as a book of promises where I can just get something to use for myself and get what I wanted but I had no understanding at the time.
My journey with reading God’s word with Jesus in focus stared 2 years ago, I was encouraged to read the Bible for myself but this time with the right lens. Jesus Christ. I am now more than convinced that the Bible isn’t just where I fish for God’s promises for me so I can apply to my life but for me to learn about Christ, live out his life and point others to him.
“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! John 5:39
While reading the Bible with Christ in focus, one of the things I discovered was once I was out of the picture I could see clearly to see HIM. Another thing I learnt so quickly is how all the so called preachers will pick out and conviently so, verses that “look good” “feel good” just to fit into their sermon without considering the context with which it was written. There are so many verses that are being misquoted today and used out of context but we are often too lazy to do the work of studying for ourselves which is what I am encouraging everyone to do today. I know the list is endless but I will just highlight 4 of the ones I feel are often misquoted;
- Philippians 4: 13 “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” We are quick to quote this verse when we feel that we are in difficult situations like trying to win a medal or going into a new business or whatever “achievement” needs that “strength” but unfortunately that is not what the verse is all about. Paul was talking about perseverance through need. Contentment. How he has learnt to be content when in need and when in plenty. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” Phil 4:12 What it means is that even when you are in need, you have the strength of God to go through that process feeling content and also when you are in plenty, either ways you are content!
- Matt 18: 20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” I’ve heard it said so many times and I probably would’ve said it too during a prayer session. But then, I started to wonder “Is God not there when it is only me?” Then I knew something had to be wrong with the interpretation of that Bible verse. It was just simple logic. When you backtrack to the previous verses, Which is another misquoted verse “Whatever you bound on earth, shall be bound in heaven…” However the verses from 15-20 was talking about dealing with sin in Church. Jesus was telling them how to deal with such situations and assuring them that when they do he is present with them and would honour their decision. Matt 18:15-20 (Read here)
- Jer 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This Image says it all. If you read the Chapter you’d see it speaks to the captives in Babylon at the time and God’s assurance that prophesy will be fulfilled but it doesn’t guarantee you of your personal fulfilment. The question now will be does God want to prosper us? Yes, Our definition of prosperity now has to change. This story points to the greater redemption of all God’s people.
- Matt 7:24-28 There’s the song we used to sing back in Sunday school “The wise man build his house upon the rock x2 the rain will come and the storm will come the how will never fall. The foolish man built his house upon the sand x2 The rain will come and the storm will come, the house will never stand *Insert rap here*” and the Bible verse was just interpreted as me being wise if I “build” on Christ the solid rock. But when you quote a verse without looking at it in context we will definitely be in error. Verse 24 clearly says “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” The Bible verse is not just talking about Christ as your foundation but talking about Obedience which is very key!
I know the list of misquoted verses in the Bible are alot more than this but it’s just to encourage us to read the Bible in context!
What Bible verse do you think are often misquoted?