February 29

Three Small Things That Might Make a Difference

Revelation 1:1a The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants….

I Peter 2:9 (King James Version) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

I Peter 2:9 (New King James Version) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

II Peter 1:21-II Peter 2:1 …for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit…But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

Since the reader might only see this once every four years, it’s time for something a little different.

1) It’s the book of Revelation (singular) not Revelations with an “s” (plural). It’s the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” which he showed to John.

2) “Peculiar people,” a phrase from the King James Version, just means belonging particularly to someone or somewhere. For us, it doesn’t mean we act weird; it means that we belong particularly to God. Let’s be peculiar in the original sense of the word.

3) Some of the greatest insights in the Word come from gliding over the man-made chapter divisions and making stronger connections between the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God didn’t give His inspired Word in chapters, but in whole books. Chapter divisions are man-made, and are less than 1000 years old. It makes locating scriptures easier, but we can gain insight sometimes if we just keep reading without stopping.

For instance, this one example from I Peter 1 and 2 shows that Peter is continuing to speak about true and false prophecy. If we stopped reading at the end of chapter one, we might miss that.

Historically, there have been disagreements over exactly where to place divisions. For instance, Job 16:22 might have easily been Job 17:1 (and many think it should be.) Acts 22:30 certainly seems better placed at the beginning of the next chapter. And there are those that think the first two verses of Job 40 belong in the previous chapter. Keep your eyes open as you read, and you will see how much you can get out of continuing to read beyond the ends of chapters.

Father: Help me to see more of Your Word by not automatically stopping at man-made chapter divisions. Let me discover some of the treasures buried there. Also, I only want to be peculiar to You, not necessarily to others!