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Did you know that on ten instances in the Bible Jesus asks ‘Have you not read?’ This question is embarrassing to an extend. I compare the scenarios with the times I have had a student’s manual, or an employee’s manual stacked in a bookshelf. Then go ahead breaking rules ignorantly, asking questions cluelessly ye all the answers are on the booklet I was supposed to have read even before starting the work or the studies. In fact when this question is asked in Swahili, it shows a lot of disappointment. ‘Kwani hujasoma?”
Here are examples of scenarios when Jesus asked the question…
“Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? (Matthew 12:3-8) “Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;” (Mark 12:10) “And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: “Or have you not read in the Law how on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?” Matthew 12:5 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26) “and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” (Matthew 21:16)
It clearly shows that Jesus expected the disciples and teachers of the law to be familiar with what is written. Their status did not allow them to ask certain questions or to act in certain ways. They ought to have read and known. Seriously? Have you not read? How? Why? It is written. It is written so that you walk with understanding.
I have started using this rhetorical question in my life: Anytime I find myself doubting or in worry, I ask myself; ‘have you not read?’ then I fill it up with God’s promises as written in His word. Have you not read that the Lord will supply your needs according to His riches in glory? Have you not read that God’s promises are true? Have you not read that God heals the broken hearted and binds their wounds? Have you not read that weeping my endure for a night but joy comes in the morning? Have you not read? Have you not read how God split the red sea for the children of Israel to walk through. Have you not read how God rescued Noah and his family because he obeyed? Have you not read how Job went through so much pain but stood firm n God’s word?
As children of God, we are expected to read and meditate on God’s word. It contains truths that will liberate us from every form of oppressions and depression. We wouldn’t be asking some questions if we spent time on God’s word. We wouldn’t be going to some places, we wouldn’t be doubting some things. Many times when we feel defeated, the reason is that we have probably not read, or we read long time ago and forgot. If you have read, then believe it, walk in it and act like it. Remember, we read over and over again until its all we know.