21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law (Galatians 4)?
Why did Paul write “listen” instead of “read” here? Simple. Since the invention of the first printing press was still 1400 years in the future, the only available copies of scripture in Paul’s day were hand-written—which were also in the hands of only a privileged few religious leaders. Thus, these folks Paul is writing to had no copies of the scriptures to read for themselves, and relied totally on having others read to them. How would things have been different had these Galatians owned copies of the Old Testament to read for themselves any time they wanted?
According to a 2013 article in the Huffington Post, the average home in America has 4.4 bibles in it. (This average includes the thousands of homes with no bibles at all!) According to a 2012 article in Christianity Today, a Lifeway research showed only 19 percent of Christians (not Americans) read their bibles every day. Hmm. How different might things be in America if these Bibles were actually read by those who claim to believe what’s in them and who complain about America’s moral decline?
Lord, help us This Day to be biblically literate. Amen.