I did this afternoon. My glasses are somewhere between Sunderland and Kings Cross. Moving rapidly. As they do every day. I left them on the train.
Spec Savers was my second port of call in Kingston. The first was a doctrine day with some other pastors. We were studying the covenant between God and his people at Mount Sinai. Old Testament. Book of Exodus. Moses. 10 Commandments.
It was led by a brilliant teacher I hadn't seen for years. He was a couple of years below me at school. He tells me I used to pick him up and hang him on the coat pegs and leave him dangling there. But that's beside the point.
What he did was make us work hard at what the Bible has to say. And as the day went on we began to see how understanding God's Law in the the Old Testament helped us to see clearly what was being said in the New Testament passages where it was quoted.
We needed our Old Testament spectacles on to understand the New.
In the same way, I have been working on Hosea 8-10 for this Sunday's sermon. I was struggling to see how to apply it to people today. That was until I saw how the verses that are quoted or alluded to from my Hosea passage are picked up in the New Testament. Then it began to fit together.
I needed my New Testament Spectacles on to understand the Old.
Understanding the Bible isn't rocket science or about having the right secret code or even about having a phd in Theology. It is simply about reading it carefully in context and seeing how it fits together as a whole. When we do that we find that things are a lot clearer.
Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.