Marco was seated at a small table in his grandfather’s
modest home in the mountains of Mexico. Each morning Marco would read his Bible at
the table mimicking what he had observed his grandpa doing day after day. Marco questioned his grandpa: “I try to read
my Bible like you do but it is hard to understand and I do not remember what I
have read; so, why should I continue studying my Bible?”
With gentle patience and the wisdom of years the old white
haired saint picked up a blackened basket that he used to carry freshly dug
potatoes from his garden. “Son, take
this basket to the creek and bring me back a basket full of water.”
Eager to please his grand daddy, Marco ran to the near by
creek and dipped the
dirty basket into the creek and returned. When he arrived the basket was empty. “You
must move quicker” the old man said as he sent him back to the creek. Again Marco filled the basket and ran to get
the water to his grand father. But upon
arrival, there was no water in his basket.
Grand father said, “You have not run fast enough!”
Tired, sweaty, and feeling the uselessness of carrying water
in a woven straw basket, the barefoot boy ran his fastest to please his
But again, the result was the same.
With exasperation Marco complained, “See it’s not working, what’s the
“Marco,” said his grandpa, “look closely at the basket and
tell me what you see.”
Puzzled the boy examined the basket carefully. “It’s clean, all the dirt is gone!”
“Ah, you are correct my son.
This is the way studying God’s Word works. As you read it there is much you do not
understand or remember. But in the
process of the working of God’s Spirit and your continuance, your mind and soul
are made clean.”
Jesus has spoken to you and me, “You are clean through the
Word which I have spoken unto you.”
Along with being made clean as you study God's Word, the benefits of hope, encouragement, guidance, joy, and faith also come.
We here at BBNBI applaud your efforts to
study your Bible and we encourage you to make another trip to the creek. Select another course; continue your studies
that Christ may continue His purifying work in your life.