by: Richelle Torres
What is the Bible?
by Dr. David Sylvester, Executive Pastor of Operations
A friend of mine who travels globally to do missions and ministry told me of a rebellion in an eastern European country during which the people began to demand copies of the Bible. Due to a shortage, single pages of the Bibles were ripped apart and placed into the outstretched hands of the masses hungry for God’s word. Each person devoured that single page and then traded with others to have more of God’s word to read. They couldn’t get enough.
How convicting! I looked around my study recently and counted 27 Bibles of various versions and age.
The Bible is not merely a book of history or nice ideas. It is God-breathed, and the Spirit led the writers to write accurately and without error. Yes, it features 66 books spanning 1500 years and can be overwhelming. The New Testament’s 27 books span a shorter time of 90 years to be written and later fully confirmed as God’s word during the infamous Council of Carthage in 397 AD.
Near 700 years before the time of Christ’s birth, the prophet Micah predicted the birthplace of Jesus as Bethlehem…and was spot on. The Bible is accurate; God made sure of that.
The Old Testament records God’s dealings with the people based on the Law and the holiness of God revealed in the righteous nature of the Law; the New Testament teaches us that God’s holy character is revealed in His Son. A nice little rhyme says it this way, The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed.
One author wrote, “The Bible will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from the Bible.” I like that.
Many of us remember the days of VBS when the kids recited the little pledge, I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s holy word. I will make it a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path, and will hide its word in my heart that I might not sin against God.
Together, let’s read God’s word today with the promise that Holy Spirit will make sure we get it!
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Well said, Pastor David