Every preacher must come to the Word of God with fear and trembling. We cannot just quote the Word of God; we must unfold the Word because as the Psalmist says, “the unfolding of your words gives light” (Psa. 119:130). Without the uncovering of Yahweh’s Word, the light is hidden.
The Word of God is very much like the tabernacle of Moses. On the outside it looks plain and ordinary, just some linen curtains, poles and animal skins thrown together. The glory is still hidden even as you come into the outer courts. There you see blood, guts, fire and water.
Only when you step into the tabernacle proper (where the priests alone can go) do you see the tabernacle’s glory. In the holy place you see Christ’s light, smell his fragrance and eat his flesh. From there you may enter into the Most Holy Place and commune with God face to face. And that is the purpose of the Word: to be a meeting place where we can commune with God face to face. It is the pathway to the Holy of Holies.
Every preacher should make sure they are bringing the hungry into God’s glory. Of course, God will turn the rich away empty handed (those who are rich in themselves). But he is faithful to feed the humble and hungry. At the same time, the Word is a veil to some and the rending of the veil to others. The same Word that is sent from above will open some eyes but also close some hearts.
When we unfold God’s Word we are tearing the veil away to reveal Christ. True preaching is revealing Christ. It is a fresh manifestation of Christ to creation. This should be the focus of our prayer: that Christ is revealed to people.
Prayer: Father, reveal your Son Jesus to us. Uncover the mystery; let us see his glorious light. Lord, I pray for all of us preachers, that we would see the awesome purpose of preaching and be faithful to the call to unfold your Word. May we lead those who are willing into the Holy of Holies through the pathway of your Truth.