The City of the Book
An Old Testament story gives us
a key insight into the battle for our mind
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul teaches us that our mind must be renewed (Rom. 12:2), and he also tells us that the effort to deal with our mind is a kind of warfare (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
The Old Testament gives us, however, not a teaching, but a detailed picture that provides us with a key insight into how this warfare is carried out. This picture is found in the history of the Israelites taking the Good Land; as C.A. Coates states:
A great deal of spiritual vitality is sapped by the kind of reading that Christians indulge in habitually. The springs of water come in when Kirjath-sepher is taken and its name changed.
The name Kirjath-sepher means, “City of the Book.” And if our mind is to be renewed—and we surely need it to be renewed!—this city must be taken.
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— 20 August 2021 —