This spring I have immersed myself in the Book. I have understood that the welfare of my family is somehow tied to how faithfully I adhere to the dictates of this Book. Admittedly there were some confusing parts, some passages that I didn’t understand but which applied to me and my family. I can’t say that I always applied those passages exactly in the right way, but I asked people that I trusted that did understand those passages and was able to correct the things that I had originally had mis-applied. The interpretations of those people I trusted – all professionals – didn’t always agree. There was some difference of opinion, but I had to finally interpret those passages as my conscience allowed me to, and if I am called to account for my interpretation, I won’t have to fumble around and point to someone else with the disclaimer, “It was their opinion…” I know my reasons for understanding and applying them as I did.
Every part of the Book had something for me, though not everything in every part. I admit to ignoring some parts that I didn’t understand but which didn’t apply to my situation anyway, but I at least skimmed over those sections to be sure nothing was pertinent to my life. Some parts I read multiple times and even found some of the same ideas in more than one place. I assumed that when that happened the authors did that to be sure I didn’t miss something important. I also noticed that the authors used different types of literary conventions in the Book, because it seemed that those different literary devices could more easily be understood.
In the end, I tried to be extremely careful that I did everything that the Book required of me, because I took seriously the warnings concerning penalties if I didn’t comply.
Oh, was I unclear? I was referring the IRS Instructions for the 1040 Tax Form. Did you think I was referring to a different Book?
This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word (Is 66:2).
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:18-19).