I was very disgusted with myself last night. While leading a Bible Study on Matthew 2:1-12, I realized that I had sinned while preaching the same passage that morning.
I misread part of the scripture passage, and then spent a solid couple of minutes tearing into people doing what I was accusing Herod of doing.
Here’s the irony, and the part that really makes this sad. I was accusing Herod of pulling the Bethlehem quote from Micah 5:2 (in Matthew 2:6) and using it for his purpose – to have the Magi find this “child born king of the Jews” for him so that he could have the baby killed.
I went on and on about how people don’t carefully read scripture, or read only this part or that part, and then use particular verses to make some point they want to make, whether or not the verse actually means what they allege it to mean.
I owe an apology to everyone there. I write it here first because I felt it was a good thought to get out to all of you. We who are called to preaching have an awesome responsibility to respect the Word of God and the people to whom we are preaching. We (preachers) are not alone in our misuse of scripture, but falls are a lot louder when they happen in front of a crowd.