I found a fantastic Read the Hard Parts tip in my pursebook this week. I always keep a small paperback book in my purse so I can pull it out and read it when I’m stuck waiting somewhere. A small non-fiction book works best since it’s easy to pick up where I left off since I read it sporadically.
Anyway, my latest purse book is Marching Orders for the End Battle by Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie Ten Boom hid Jews in her home during World War II. She ended up in a concentration camp. She survived the war and went on to literally travel the world speaking and sharing the gospel.
After living through two World Wars and watching Communism rise to power, you can understand why the end times was on Corrie Ten Boom’s mind. Her little orange book Marching Orders for the End Battle is a collection of her reflections and thoughts on different Bible verses pertaining to victorious living during the end times. The book feels like she came over for tea and you just started discussing what you read that morning and she throws in some life experiences that the verses reminded her of. One chapter doesn’t really build on another.
End Times Bible Reading: The Ultimate Hard Parts of Scripture
When I ask someone what parts of the Bible are the hard parts, nine times out of ten, they will mention an end times passage. Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel are all head-scratchers. The judgment sounds scary. If the experts can’t agree on what they mean, who am I to try to understand them? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t get it and if I was really spiritual it wouldn’t be a hard part to me.
But Corrie Ten Boom didn’t understand all the hard parts either. She describes in her book what she does when she comes across a hard part of Scripture:
What I do not understand of the Bible, I do not throw away, but hang on a hook, as it were. Later I read or hear more about it, and then, when I understand it, it is added to my knowledge of God’s word, and I just take it off the hook.
Corrie Ten Boom said that’s how she ending up understanding Ezekiel 38. When she read Matthew 24 and Luke 21, then she understood the Old Testament prophesy.
Hang it on a Hook
I love that word picture of “hang it on a hook.” That reminds me of our coat rack. We have a coat rack or coat tree by the door for us to hang things we need to keep accessible. Our jackets, purses or bags, sometimes neck ties end up there. When we need them, we can grab them quickly since they are at the ready.
Hanging the hard parts of the Bible on a hook keeps them accessible. That’s why it’s important to read them even though they are hard. If you never read them, you won’t have them at hand when the explanation comes up.
We like our Bible reading times to result in awe-inspiring worship. Warm fuzzies or accessible truths. When you read the hard parts, your Bible reading might end on a cliffhanger of “what did that mean?” The passage is hanging on a hook, waving there, taunting you that you don’t have a place to put it away permanently since you don’t really know where it belongs.
It’s okay to have a coat rack stuffed full of Bible passages that you don’t understand right now. At the right time, as you continue to read Scripture and hear sermons on God’s word, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind what you have read before. Then you can take that Scripture passage off the hook and hang it in the closet with a hanger in the place where it belongs.
What hard Scripture passage have you had to hang on a hook lately? Have you ever had the experience of being able to take a hard part off the hook?
If you want more info on Corrie Ten Boom’s life, you can read her story in The Hiding Place. For younger readers, I recommend The Torchlighter’s series biography on Corrie Ten Boom written by my author friend Kaylena Radcliff. You can check out Kaylena’s other writings here and she is fun to follow on Instagram.
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