The truth of God’s word is inseparably fused to our learning (knowledge), our comfort in the Holy Spirit, and our hope in Christ. This is what we discover when we read Romans 15:4, which says, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” When Paul wrote this, he was referring to the Old Testament, but in our day it refers to the whole Bible.
Because God’s word is vital to our knowledge, comfort, and hope, this is the reason why there is such a persistent effort from enemies within and outside of the church to either openly attack it or to subtly question it. Those tactics are no different than what Satan did in the Garden of Eden when he got Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. He made it seem as if questioning God’s word was the key to more knowledge when the opposite was true.
Many among us question whether God really created the universe in six 24-hour days as if he doesn’t have that kind of power. They question if God really meant marriage should only be between one man and one woman. They question if God can really preserve his word if we don’t have the original manuscripts. And on and on the questioning goes.
Then the more those questions arise, the more they just open themselves up to “doubtful disputations,” making them vulnerable to any interpretation of God’s word anyone wishes to give as long as they say “this Hebrew word really means this” or “that Greek word really means that” or “this term wasn’t in the oldest most reliable manuscripts.” Unfortunately, most will not do the research to find out if all Bibles are created equal and assume that “if my favorite ministry leader uses such-and-such a translation or transliteration, then it’s good enough for me.” Eventually, the questioning leads to justifying almost any sin in the church, from abortion to lying to adultery to stealing, etc.
If God’s word is truly for our learning so that we through patience and through the comfort the scriptures bring can bask in hope, we should guard it as if our lives depended on it. Paul goes on to reiterate that what is recorded about Moses and Israel in the wilderness is actual history written down for our instruction when he tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:11, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
Furthermore, Paul goes on to give us this third witness about Moses, the priests, and the tabernacle as examples for us to learn from when he said they “serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount,” (Hebrews 8:5). All details in the tabernacle (and other incidents in the Bible) have heavenly truths behind them, so if we just dismiss those things or question them, what heavenly knowledge or comfort or hope are we really causing ourselves to miss out on?