And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (John 5:37-40 ESV)
I read this passage today during our church meeting. I think there are still many who search the Scriptures – even study them diligently – even in the original languages – and yet they miss the one that the Scriptures point to. There are many who try to keep each nuance of the rules and regulations of Scripture, but they have yet to understand that God desires mercy and not sacrifice (Matt 12:7). There are many who can quote and parse and diagram… they know the words, but they do not know the author.
Knowing the words is very important. But, we need to make sure that we don’t miss the Word in the words.