I have just reached the conclusion that I can really not take any more on Authorship of the Pentateuch today! I am preparing for exams in just over a week. They are 'seen exams' which involve preparing answers for 3-4 questions per exam (there are 3 exams) and learning them in preparation for being asked 2 of the questions. I think the potential is there to score well in this sort of exam, assuming of course that the answer you prepare is a good one and your ability to learn is also good!
I was talking to someone last night who was saying that it had been said to them that the need for training is not important if one has a God given 'calling' on their life. Whilst I can understand this persons reckoning, because rightly the training alone cannot be enough, I feel that academic training is also essential in preparation for ministry. Something that I have tried since coming to ICC is not to differentiate between my 'study life' and my 'devotional life'. I can and should learn more of God and grow deeper in him and his word not only through what would be traditionally known as my devotional time but also my academic study. I also think that some of the most important lessons I have learnt since coming here have been outside of the classroom. I'm sure few of us would dispute that medical doctors have God given gifts in this area of expertise. However i'm also sure that we would see the need for them to train and study before being set loose on patients! I strongly feel that this is the same for Christians, all of whom are called to service for God. As such it is important that we never stop studying and learning.
Although it is just a short verse I am encouraged, when I think about the need to study, by a short reading in Ezra that "...the gracious hand of his God was on him. For Ezra devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel."
So a break is in order but then it will be back to work, work, work!