Good Cooking or Good Grief?


Our study of the Word can bring poor results when we mix things up or take verses out of context.

“For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey.” (Prov 7:19, KJV)

When I read this verse on its own, I mulled about how it must be speaking of missionaries or it was an Old Testament reference foreshadowing what Jesus had said about not having a place to lay his head. Immediately my mind began to stir with all the teaching possibilities found in the passage.

Then I looked it up.

Good Grief! In context, this verse is coming from the lips of a harlot who has set an enticing, sexual trap for an unwise man. Oh, the dangers of using scripture without wisdom.

It reminded me of a story about a young wife who was throwing her first dinner party. She had carefully planned everything; the table was set with the wedding gifted china, candles were lit and soulful background music played softly.

Walking into the kitchen, she peaked into the oven to see how her dessert was doing. It didn’t look anything like the picture in her new cookbook, but she figured it would taste just fine; she had followed the recipe to a tee.

The dinner went well and the guests retired to the living room to wait for coffee and cake. She was thrilled to be puttering around in the kitchen with her new husband; this was all she had dreamed marriage would be. As she poured drinks and prepared the beverage tray, hubby skillfully cut the cake, placing a dollop of whipped cream on each piece.

Joining their guests, they busily served each couple, finally sitting down to enjoy their own dessert and hot drinks. She was pleased at the peaceful quiet that had filled the room as everyone was too busy digging into their treat to speak.

One taste and she knew why it had been so quiet. She had made a grave error. Running into to the kitchen, she spit the foul tasting dessert into a napkin. Grabbing the cookbook, she turned to the flagged page; a printing error resulted in two recipes being combined. Disaster!

Our study of the Word can bring poor results as well when we mix things up or take verses out of context. We need to be careful to handle the Word of God correctly. A good woman does not want to lead others astray. Lord, help us to discern!

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