I was skimming through last weeks paper and happened to browse through the classified ads. There was one about wood for sale with the banner ‘fire wood’. Right beside it was a list of rental units with the banner ‘for rent’. At a quick glance what I saw were the two banners looking like one that read ‘fire wood for rent’. Needless to say I took a double take and quickly realized no one was really wanting to rent fire wood.
The experience does show how we can misread something if we do not read carefully. The reading of anything requires care, as does reading the Bible. Often someone will find one verse and claims it says something. When they read the surrounding verses and other parts of the Bible on the same topic they find they are mistaken.
In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (KJV) The Bible is words that came from the mouth of God and Jesus says we need to live by “every” word, not just a few selected ones.