Bible Study

Let the word sink down and settle you

And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did, He said to His disciples, “Let these words sink down into your ears, for the Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men.” But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying.” (Luke 9:43-45)

There may be times when the message of God’s word is hard to understand, but when this happens he wants us to do one thing – meditate on what he’s said and trust what he’s saying.

Our imperfections may cause our understanding of how things will work out to fall short of God’s desire, but nonetheless, the importance of remembering and trusting remains the same (Psalm 119:147-149). EA

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:18-20)

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What can you say about…Jabez?

What can you say about, Jabez? Well, there’s the place (1 Chronicles 2:55), and then there’s the person (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)…the person is a lot more interesting despite the fact we’re told very little about him biblically speaking.

But in light of what we’re told, here are a couple of things you could say about him: One, something about him reminded his mother of great sorrow. Maybe his birth was costly, physically speaking. Maybe it was a family situation. Regardless of the cause, the name of sorrow (the literal meaning of Jabez) was given at his birth, but it would be a name that he would outgrow because the second thing we can say about Jabez is that he became a faithful, a praying, a blessed and a protected man of a God.

We can’t honestly say much else, but what we can say is worth being listened to. EA

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” (1 Chronicles 4:9-10)

Blaring Bible Ignorance

Ever noticed anything unusual about the typical image of the Devil drawn by artists during the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?

Let me give you a small clue – the snake has no legs!

Why’s that an issue? Because his legs were “kicked out from under him” in God’s judgment after the sin had taken place, not before.

Now if the average person misses something so obvious right from the beginning, what else do you think escapes our attention?

That’s why proper Bible study (2 Timothy 2:15) helps to keep the apples with the apples and the oranges with the oranges when it comes to biblical knowledge. EA

So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”” (Genesis 3:14-15)

 

The Bible: Ancient in Age but not in Application

If the Bible is known for one thing to the masses it is known for being old! Parts of the Bible are approximately 3,500 years old, but my, oh my, it looks so good for its age. Would you not agree?

It amazes me how God’s word manages to stay so up-to-date. It has never fallen “behind the times” in appearance. It has made its way from stone work to vellum and papyrus scrolls to modern paper and book form and even on into the digital age without missing a beat.

And think of the language barriers it has crossed during the process! God’s word is easier to find and keep up with more now than it has ever been at any other time in history. And remember, this “old book” is still the best-seller around the world. Go on and look it up.

But not only has the Bible kept up with the times in appearance it has kept up with the times in application! People of today are no different from the people we read about in the ancient scriptures. The only thing that divides us from them is time and technology!

God’s word fills the same void within man today that it filled centuries and millennia ago. Many try to substitute the Bible’s spiritual guidance with politics, pop-psychology, and work or with one of the hundreds of manmade religions found around the world. And many find satisfaction with these until they are faced with the ageless application of the word of God.

The obvious applications of God’s Word are the very things that draw so much angst against it. The Bible reveals the very reason of our existence and the very Creator that raised us from the dirt of the Earth. Both male and female made in the image of God! Many have not tried to destroy the Bible simply because of its existence; they have tried to destroy the Bible simply because of the applicable content. They see too clearly the image it reflects back. Not the image of the flesh, but the image of the soul. A very unflattering image in their own eyes!

No one would mind the Bible if it only sat quietly as a supposed piece of fiction as other controversial books can and do. But the Bible will not sit quietly. It works on the conscience in a way that makes most uncomfortable. It was designed to do this very thing when necessary (Hebrews 4:12).

The Bible gets personal…right down into every facet of our life!

The Bible gets into our family life – our marriage, our parents, our children.

The Bible gets into our personal life and the way treat others – strangers, our spiritual brothers and sisters, our friends, our co-workers, our neighbors, and even our enemies.

The Bible gets into our spiritual life – the sin we struggle with, the sin we ignore, the sin that condemns us, the sin we must confess and the only sacrificial solution given for it (John 1:29).

Is God’s word ancient in age? Absolutely! Who could deny this? Is God’s word ancient in application? Absolutely not! Try honestly reading it and then try to honestly deny it. It’s as one perishable man said, who wrote so long ago on such a perishable medium, “having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because ‘All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25)

How wonderful is the ageless word of God!  EA

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

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We Need to Study the Bible Because…

Bible study is vital for good spiritual health. Bible application in our life is just as important as Bible study for our life because without the application, the knowledge does no good; but we can’t apply anything unless we know what needs to be applied and that’s where the necessity for actual study comes in (2 Timothy 2:15).

Here are six articles that I posted on The Fellowship Room several months ago that revolve around the importance of studying the greatest book that’s ever been written – the word of God.

I hope that these articles may be found useful as you study the word of God to see His will for our lives. EA

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”” (Matthew 4:3-4)

Jesus is the “THE” in Theology

Simply stated, the widely accepted definition of the word “theology” with the world is, “the study of religious doctrine.” And simply stated, the unaccepted definition of “theology” with the world is when someone tries to place a particular religion ahead of all others.

Despite how the world may feel, whether religious or not, Jesus stood up and proclaimed that He was not “A” theological topic, but rather that He is “THE” theological topic when it comes to the beneficial welfare of mankind’s soul.

Even in His days upon the Earth people had their “theological” opinions about Jesus, but He provided the facts and answers about the deepest religious doctrine ever revealed. Jesus told the Jewish people of His day to search the scriptures because they testified to the fact the He was “THE” answer to all the theological questions and concerns they had about the coming Messiah of God (John 5:39). He would continue on to tell the Jews and the rest of the world that he was not “A” solution to the woes of men and women, but rather “THE” solution by saying:

“…I am THE bread of life…” (John 6:35)

“…I am THE light of the world…” (John 8:12)

I am THE door…” (John 10:9)

I am THE good shepherd…” (John 10:11)

“…I am THE resurrection and THE Life…” (John 11:25)

“…I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life…” (John 14:6)

I am THE true vine…” (John 15:1)

Hebrews 13:8-9 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines….” Many people, with whatever intention they may have, try to make Jesus “A” Savior instead of the “THE” Savior; but intentions do not change facts. Jesus was Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23). Jesus was “THE” God in the flesh, not “A” god. Amid all the religious ideas floating around in the heads of man, Jesus is the constant that man cannot change – He is the constant that changes man!

There is nothing wrong with getting a good theological education as long as a person is able to avoid a theological meltdown. The further man gets from the truth in Jesus the more danger there is in drowning in man’s ideas. Theological “deep thinkers” who have erred from the true and living God would benefit by coming up for some air and allowing the mind of Christ to renew their thinking.

Fetus told Paul that “his much learning” had driven him “crazy” (Acts 26:24). Paul responded by saying that his studies had actually driven him sane! He said, “…I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.” (Acts 26:25) When Paul received his new theological education in the scriptures he came to understand the difference between a “bright idea” that leads to trouble and “the actual light” that leads one’s soul to salvation (Galatians 1:6-24).

There is only one Teacher who wrote THE course that educates the soul (Matthew 11:28-30). Are you in His class? EA