I always complained about not seeing:
Dora the play with my kids or not seeing
Hamilton with my wife
Ironic isn’t ????
Hispanics not able to see a character that is Hispanic or a play written by a fellow Hispanic who happens to be a creative genius
Not seeing one or the other
Priced beyond our range
Then my gee moment came when I started to ponder:
What if the bible was priced beyond our price range- a luxury like Disneyland You have to save for years till you and your family can enjoy it….
How would react???
Will it be this way:
I read somewhere how a Puritan of old preached a sermon imitating God who was so upset with that congregations neglect ,apathy ,and indifference to His word-that the old puritan made several motions imitating God taking the Bible in deed and word threat to take His bible away from His people and each time then imitated his churchthe congregation brought to tears implored begged God please do not take your scriptures away from us-we will now always cherish and mine daily all its inexhaustible hidden treasures etc
Here it is I found it:
A great Puritan evangelist, John Rogers, warned his congregation against neglecting Scripture by telling them what God might say: “I have trusted you so long with my Bible … it lies in [some] houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible so? Well, you shall have my Bible no longer.”
Rogers then picked up his Bible and started walking away from the pulpit. Then he stopped, fell on his knees, and took on the voice of the people, who pleaded, “Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods; only spare us Thy Bible, take not away Thy Bible.”
“Say you so?” the minister replied, impersonating God. “Well, I will try you a while longer; and here is my Bible for you. I will see how you use it, whether you will search it more, love it more, observe it more, and live more according to it.”
Thomas Goodwin was so moved by Rogers’s dramatic presentation that when he left church he wept upon his horse’s neck for fifteen minutes before he felt strong enough to mount it.
Psa 19:10 KJV – 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
It is well-known that Puritans were lovers of the Word of God. They were not content with the bare affirmation of the infallibility, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture. They read, searched, sang, and heard the Word with delight, always seeking for and relishing the applying power of the Holy Spirit accompanying the Word. They regarded the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture as the library of the Holy Spirit graciously given to them. For the Puritan, Scripture is God speaking to us, as a father speaks to his children. In Scripture God gives us His Word as both a word of truth and a word of power. As a word of truth, we can trust in and rest our all upon Scripture for time and eternity. As a word of power, we can look to Scripture as the source of trans- formation used by the Spirit of God to renew our minds.
Scripture teaches us that the Word of God must not only be read publicly in worship (Acts 15:21; 1 Tim. 4:13), but also serves as a blessing when personally read, heard, and obeyed. “Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are writ-
ten in it” (Rev. 1:3).
(To the puritans who can teach us bible study and bible reading and everything in between was no practice to play bible charades ,biblenopoly ,bible trivia engaged with other believers in gospel conference where they discussed means of applying what they were learning in the Bible to every facet in life..)
Or continue still in your neglect,apathy,indifference and laziness:
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”― Charles H. Spurgeon