A devotional thought from Ken Fentress for “Jesus Reigns”
Have you ever had difficulty remembering where a familiar Bible passage is located? Perhaps you were talking with another Christian about the Bible, and you could recite a familiar verse of Scripture but could not remember where the verse was located in the Bible. Then you started looking in the Bible to find the verse in question. This is a very common occurrence among Christian believers. In fact, it is not a recent thing. This has happened to Christian believers since antiquity.
Hebrews 2:6 is an example of this phenomenon. The author of the Book of Hebrews quoted King David in Psalm 8:4-5 but apparently did not remember the exact location. He introduces his quotation with the words, “But one has somewhere testified.” This is an example of a New Testament author apparently not remembering the Old Testament author and location of the Scripture he was quoting. In any case, he correctly quoted Psalm 8:4-5 when he wrote, “What is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.”
Perhaps Christians should not get overly discouraged when we cannot always remember where a Bible verse is located or who wrote the particular verse so long as we correctly remember what the verse says and how it should be applied to us. Above all else, we must remember that God is the ultimate author of all Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16). King David in Psalm 8:4 wrote about the glory of God’s majestic creation and man as the ruler of God’s creation. In Hebrews 2:6-7, we are instructed that Christ will reign over God’s future creation. It is more important to get the Scripture right even if you do not remember at the time exactly where it is located in the Bible or who wrote it.
Pause and Reflect
• How effective is your Scripture memorization?
• What are the benefits of memorizing Scripture?