Missiology Through Scripture – Ezra 7:6

“this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.” – Ezra 7:6

If as the Great Commission states, we are to teach “them all I have commanded you,” (Mat 28:18-20) we must first know the Scriptures ourselves. Not every missionary must be a theologian or seminary trained, but every missionary must learn the Bible and be capable of sharing the joy of God’s word with those she has been sent to serve. Unlike other world religions, the Christin faith is clearly written out for all to understand. Fulltime ministers of the gospel have no excuse not to be conversant in that which they desire to share.

A missionary must be skilled in the Bible and must be dedicated to a continuous life-long pursuit of biblical knowledge. James Rosscup said, “Study of God’s Word for some can be emptied to a mere form, a dead and rotten thing void of His life and filled with sinful ambition. But for Ezra the quest was enriching, enlivening and pure.”[1] The salvation of the lost is not dependent upon our personal knowledge of the Bible, but the work we do is made much easier by imbibing the Scriptures. A lifelong dedication to Bible learning is as much a part of missions as is frequent prayer and keeping one’s passport current.

A missionary is constantly facing hardship and must always be dedicated to the Word. The battle rages fiercely in the lives and hearts of our missionaries. We must do battle armed with the knowledge provided by our perfect Father. Like Ezra, our task of bringing glory to God is made easier with a stronger knowledge of our Savior’s written words. Not our wisdom, but the shared truth of the perfect Bible will straighten our path. As we wage war against evil and lay claim to the lost, we strengthen our hand when we are armed with the inerrant and infallible word of God.

 

[1] James E. Rosscup, An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible: Igniting the Fuel to Flame Our Communication with God (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2008), 731.