Pat’s Wed Devo July 15
The Bible was written centuries ago out of the Hebrew People’s experience to meet their needs, but it was written for you and me as well. It was written for its own time, but it was intended to outlive those who wrote and worked to make it what God intended it to be for that generation. The truths it contains are permanent and living. They are absolute truths. They are truths that come from God; thus, they are infallible truths.
Some may think that it is a dated book, some may argue its truth does not pertain or is no longer relevant for this day and age of COVID19, political ideas and arguments that divide, or even holy wars that rage on in the middle east as if thousands of years never mattered. Still, its truth matters. Its truth is the same for Moses as it was for Abraham, as it was for David or any of the prophets. Yes, it may have been started as a rule of thumb for one nation, Israel, but it grew and in God’s plan became the rule for one people, God’s people united by His Son Christ Jesus the Lord. So, with all the events of this present day, go to the Bible and find out what is relevant now and how things do not change that much. Go read your Bible.
How then should we read the Bible you might be asking? Great question. Here are some principles to guide you in your search for truth and enlightenment into God’s amazing Word.
- Remember the unity of God’s Word in Scripture. – The whole Bible is 66 books. 39 books make up the Old Testament, and 27 books make up the New Testament. There are 16 prophets, four are major, which means they get more attention. The rest are small books but with a bigger punch at the end. There are 5 books of history, and there are 4 books of wisdom. There are 2 books of Chronicles; they are the history with a different amount of detail. And lastly, there are 2 books named after women. As for the New Testament, there are 4 gospels, lots of letters from Paul. The Acts of the Apostles and epistles from them also ends in the book of Revelation. No ‘s on end, BTW!
- Commentaries, Devotionals, and other media stuffs are excellent, but nothing compares to just reading God’s Word. You can get an App, or you can use commentaries here at the church; these resources will allow you to dig and think more in-depth about the meaning it possesses. But in the end, you hold the key. What does scripture say to you and, more importantly than what it meant to some a dead guy a hundred years ago or to me for that matter?
- Read it over and again. And over and again. And again, and over and again and again. Did you catch that? Keep reading it. I have had something jump out at me years later. Read a small verse each and every day, and you will find a day when you miss it, and you cannot wait to get back and catch from where you left off. Meditate on the Word of God. Allow it to penetrate you, heart. Allow it to change the way you think. Share it with others and find a reward that is better than any trophy.
- Listen to the Scriptures at night before you go to bed and find peace.
- Read the stories of Jesus to your children and grandchildren and know that you are planting seeds to grow the gospel in the next generation.