Have you never read?

Matthew21:42 – Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 
 
Six times in the book of Matthew, we read of Jesus remarking to the Pharisees – Have you never read? These were the religious people, the ones who should have known the scriptures, who should have spent time in it. These are the ones who should have rejoiced at His coming as a fulfillment of prophecy. But yet they didn’t. They certainly would have read or heard of these scriptures before, but they never applied them. They just read and moved along to the next sentence without thought of what the scripture they just read really meant. 
How sad that we still do that today. We neglect the scripture, either through never reading it, or by reading it with not thought, no application. God gives us His immortal truths and we leave it on the bedside untouched. Or we read it and forget what we just read, and make no change in our lives based upon it’s truth. 
 
There is an illustration of a pastor, who made a visit to a home. During the visit, he asked to borrow a pen. The lady was glad to allow him to use one, but once the pastor left, we realized she couldn’t find the pen. “Certainly he just forgot, and will give it to us Sunday”, she thought to herself. The next Sunday came and went and the pastor did not mention the pen. As the weeks went by, she became more bitter about the pastor and the “stolen” pen. “How dare he steal my pen” she thought. Finally, she was so angry she approached the pastor and asked him directly if he remembered her loaning him her pen. He said “Of course, and when I was done with it, I put in inside your bible on the table”. 
 
For weeks, the “stolen” pen lay in her untouched bible. How must she have felt? But yet, do we do the same thing? Are our bibles gathering dust on our tables and shelves? Are our bibles being read, but with no focus or application? 
 
If Jesus came to us today, would He say to us – “Have you never read in the scripture?”