A Short Study of Matthew 21:16

“Have ye never read?”
(Matthew 21:16)

THE Lord Jesus Christ posed this question (indictment) to the religious leaders of His day . . .“Have ye never read?” These men took pride in their supposed knowledge of Scripture but proved they did not know It all, for they did not know the Christ of Whom the scriptures were written. The same question, or indictment, needs to be leveled at our generation, “Have ye never read?”

There are more Bibles today than ever, but few who truly read them. And the bibles they do read are perverted versions of the original. There are more books written about the Bible today, but few who truly read the Bible itself. The word ‘Bible’ comes from the Latin and Greek word meaning ‘book.’ The bible is THE BOOK OF GOD. It is God’s Book about Himself, His Son, and His great salvation. What other book do we need really? “Of the making of books there is no end.”

There are so many today “who hold the Truth in unrighteousness;” so many who literally hold a Bible (God’s Word of truth) in their hands, yet use It as a religious prop for vain glory and covetous reasons. Men and women subject the Word of God to all manner of indignities, waving It around, using It for show; a display of their supposed ‘godliness.’

May God make us a Bible-reading people, like the noble Bereans of old. May the LORD cause us to seek His will and way; to seek all our answers from His Word only; for truly . . . “The Law of The LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the Testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The Statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the Commandments of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The Fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the Judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:7-9) 

May God write His Word on the tables of our hearts and let us see Christ, the incarnate Word on every page.

P. Mahan

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