The following blog was written by Renee Dugan, a full time employee at STF.
Did you know you’ve played host to a brain parasite? It’s true! Everyone has. This nefarious little creature is called an earworm, and it always manifests the same way: it’s a song that gets stuck in your head. And repeats. And repeats. If you’re left alone for two seconds and start humming the chords of That Song to yourself, congratulations. You have an earworm! This isn’t always a bad thing, especially if it’s a song you love. But try listening to a record loop of The Hokey Pokey sung by your own brain for six hours; you’ll be ready to put up a For Rent sign and vacate your head just to escape it.
Do you think Jesus ever got a song stuck in his head? Picture the scene: on the road between cities with not a lot but wilderness around them, and the disciples too weary to take another parable. Suddenly Jesus starts humming Rick Astley, and Peter’s groaning, “Rabbi, please…!” And everyone has Never Gonna Give You Up stuck in their heads until they roll into Galilee.
Okay, maybe not—though the fundamentals of never giving someone up, never letting someone go, never running around or deserting them were indeed primary tenets of Jesus’ attitude toward the people. Actually, the Bible does give us a look into what was looping in Jesus’ brain throughout his ministry: Scripture. This earworm of godly facts allowed him to do some pretty powerful things—like resist the Devil’s temptations in the desert with a good old-fashioned spiritual smackdown, liberate the oppressed masses with the truth of the Law and God’s heart for mankind, and even elucidate his own place in prophecy and the history books by quoting Psalm 22 as he hung on the cross!
Jesus set a powerful precedent with every single step he took; but his memorization of Scripture was truly masterful. He didn’t do it because it was a necessity in order for him to be the perfect Man; it seems more likely that dedication to his Father and his calling in life drew him to the Torah, the tales of his ancestors, and the writings of the prophets like a thirsty man to a well. Imagine Jesus, up late into the night, reading and researching long after everyone else had gone to sleep. He approached the Word of God with a passion that was personal—a hunger not foisted upon him by a religious edict that told him he had to read a certain number of lines for a certain amount of time each day, but born from deep within.
There’s never any shortage of people who tell us how, when, and why to read the Bible. But to make it personal, it has to be a connective thread between each of us and God. It’s difficult to walk away with something substantial when we feel like we’re being forced into facing the Scriptures; but learning to truly enjoy the Bible as we seek the heart and will of the Father is a powerful, life-changing and moving experience. So is scripture memorization—the commitment of certain passages to memory that have a powerful impact on our hearts and minds.
When we take the time to delve into the Bible, to spend enough time in it that it really becomes real to us—not just words on a page, but life-giving Word from our Heavenly Father—we become strengthened. Our spiritual walk is enhanced, and we’re better equipped for the battle against evil with the full armor of God at our disposal. Not only that, when we take the time to commit Scripture to memory, we’re prepared to deflect the fiery darts of the Enemy—the arrows of worthlessness, deception, falsehood, misdirection, misguidance and heresy.
And when we memorize scripture, we can catch the same earworm that Jesus had—the one that sets our Father’s truths on constant replay.Replay