A Little Here, A Little There
In Isaiah 28:10, Isaiah speaks of the northern kingdom of Israel and the way God had communicated to them:
“For He says,
‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’”
God is a master communicator, and this is His style. He does not overwhelm with too much all at once but instead gives a little here, a little there, in sequence so that one instruction builds on the last. Salvation and godliness are the results for those who listen and obey His commands. The Israelites had stopped listening to God, they had stopped obeying the commands they had been given, and so they would have to learn from the beginning again (cf. Is. 28:13).
Today, all the truth has been revealed through the Holy Spirit to the apostles and prophets (John 16:13). The revelations they received have been recorded in the New Testament and preserved for all time so that we would no longer need continual revelation from God (1 Cor. 13:10; Jude 3). Those who open the Bible and begin reading receive God’s message gradually. As they read more and more, the message becomes clearer and clearer. Each passage builds on the last, and even when a person reaches the end, every subsequent reading imparts more wisdom to the reader (Dan. 12:4).
The most basic elements of God’s message are easily grasped, but the diligent will find unmatched discovery and enlightenment as they dedicate themselves to the comprehension of the fullness of God (1 Cor. 13:12). Seek God and find Him through the Scriptures. Never cease your studies, never consider yourself as having no more to learn from your Creator. Instead, continue to lay line on line, line on line, a little here, a little there, and grow in His grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18).