Jottings – The Devil Does Not Select an Ignorant or Immoral Man to Make His Grand and Special Attacks Upon the Bible


To say or think that there is so much as a single clause, or a single expression, from cover to cover of the inspired volume, unworthy of our prayerful meditation, is to imply that God the Holy Ghost has thought it worth His while to write what we do not think it worth our while to study. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God’ (2 Timothy 3:16). This commands our reverence. ‘Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning’ (Romans 15:4). This awakens our personal interest. The former of these quotations proves that Scripture comes from God; the latter proves that it comes to us. That and this, taken together, bind us to God by the divine link of holy Scripture—a link which the devil, in this our day, is doing his very utmost to snap; and that, too, by means of agents of acknowledged moral worth and intellectual power. The devil does not select an ignorant or immoral man to make his grand and special attacks upon the Bible, for he knows full well that the former could not speak, and the latter would not get a hearing; but he craftily takes up some amiable, benevolent, and popular person—some one of blameless morals—a laborious student, a profound scholar, a deep and original thinker. Thus he throws dust in the eyes of the simple, the unlearned, and the unwary.


C. H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972), 547.


Thanks Keith!


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