Speaking without knowing. That is my biggest blunder that I frequently make. I’ve gotten better in recent years the older I get but when Paul writes “desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make CONFIDENT assertions” I realize he’s talking about me.
I’ve been a Christian for a long time but I’m just getting started in the whole consistent Bible study thing. I’ve been so off and on since high school that it’s been hard to keep track if I’m on the up or down. I know one thing’s for sure. Confidence in the Scripture can only come from one place. You know what I really need: to learn, to grow, to serve, and to understand that serving rather than desiring to teach is where the Holy Spirit wants us to start. Desiring the spotlight does not begin us down a path to fruitful service, only glory seeking showboating.
Verse 8 is even more insightful. “The law is good, if one uses it lawfully.” Wow! Not to quote pop culture but it’s extremely relevant here. With great power (and great truth), comes great responsibility. The law is good but you have to use it appropriately. You can’t fling it around to gain an edge. You use it to correct and reproof so people are built up. Build someone up by giving them the law. Use it lawfully.