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Importance of Bible Reading

 

Bible, Study of

The Bible is so deep that theologians can never touch the bottom, yet so shallow that babes cannot drown. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Bible, Value of

The Bible is as necessary to our safe passage through this lifetime as oxygen is to sustain life.

 

Bible, Value of

Karen’s mother was startled to find her five-year-old going through a new Bible storybook and circling the word God wherever it appeared on the page. Stifling her first reaction to reprimand the child for defacing a book, she quietly asked, “Why are you doing that?” Karen’s matter-of-fact answer was: “So that I will know where to find God when I want him.”

           Wouldn’t it be nice to have her confidence that all we had to do was open a storybook and find God waiting for us? The truth is, we do have such a Book—the Bible.

 

Bible, Value of

A.C. Gabaeline rates J.N. Darby as one of the great teachers of the Word of God. Dr. Darby for many years lived among the rustic country people of Ireland—preaching the gospel to these farm families and living at their modest level.

           One day an infidel who was very well-known in those times challenged Darby, saying, “You claim that all Scripture is profitable. What possible earthly value could a verse like 1 Timothy 4:13 have―”The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments?” To which Darby replied, “Do you know that when I left my ecclesiastical position to come here to live among these very simple persons, it was that very verse that kept me from selling my own theological library? Make no mistake about it,” said Darby, “all Scripture is inspired of God and all of it is profitable!”

 

Bible, Value of

“I believe the Bible is the best gift that God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” ―― Abraham Lincoln

 

Bible, Value of

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me.

           It has feet, it runs after me.

           It has hands, it lays hold of me.

           ―― Martin Luther

 

Bible, Value of

“When home is ruled according to God’s Word, angels might be asked to stay with us, and they would not find themselves out of their element.” ―― C.H. Spurgeon

 

Bible, Value of

John Wesley once wrote: “I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit, coming from God, and returning to God; just hovering over the great gulf; a few months hence I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing—the way to heaven…God Himself has condescended to teach the way. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that Book! At any price, give me the book of God!”

 

Bible, Value of

Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, urged the graduating class of the University of Maryland’s Eastern Shore campus to “get a bible” and read a chapter a day. “It won’t hurt you at all,” he said in his commencement address, “and it will give you more illumination and purpose in life. It’s better to invest fifteen dollars in a Bible now than twenty-five dollars an hour for a psychiatrist later.”

 

Bible, Effect of Reading

A young believer was discouraged in his attempts to read and remember the Bible. He said, “It’s no use. No matter how much I read, I always forget what I have just read.”

A wise pastor replied “Take heart. When you pour water over a sieve, no matter how much you pour, you don’t collect much. But at least you end up with a clean sieve.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Bible, Effect of Reading

Some seem to expect the Word of God to hit them like a jolt of adrenaline each time they read or study it. Although the “jolt” may hit us periodically, the benefits of the Word of God act more like vitamins. People who regularly take vitamins do so because of their long-term benefits, not because every time they swallow one of the pills, they feel new strength surging through their bodies. They have developed a habit of consistently taking vitamins because they have been told that, in the long haul, vitamin supplements are going to have a beneficial effect on their physical health, resistance to disease, and general well-being.

The same is true of reading the Bible. At times it will have a sudden and intense impact on us. However, the real value lies in the cumulative effects that long-term exposure to God’s Word will bring t our lives. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Bible, Effect of Reading

The story has been told of a South Sea Islander who proudly displayed his Bible to a G.I. during World War II. “We’ve outgrown that sort of thing,” the soldier said. The native smiled back, “It’s a good thing we haven’t. If it weren’t for this book, you’d have been a meal by now!” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Bible, Effect of Reading

A Bible which is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t! ―― C.H. Spurgeon

 

Bible, Study of

The story is told of a small fishing village where, for many years, a flock of sea gulls fed on the scraps the fishermen left. All was fine and good for the sea gulls did not follow the fishermen and--because they had lived off the scraps of the fishermen and had never learned to feed themselves--the entire flock of birds died.

           Believers who feed only on what others teach them are like these foolish sea gulls? ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

God’s Word to His Children.

 

The Word is Milk to feed ( 1.Peter2:2).

Th’ imparted life ( 1.Peter 1:23 )

This is the fare we need ( Jer.15:16 )

In peace and strife ( 1.John 2:14).

 

The Word is Food to mould (Acts 20:32 ).

The man within (Eph.3:16 ).

And makes him strong and bold (Joel 2:11).

The fight to win (Rev.12:11).

 

The Word id Honey sweet ( Psalm 119:103).

Refined and pure (Psalm 18:30,M.).

It fills with joy complete ( 1.Thess.1:6).

Unspoil’d and sure (Psalm 93:5).

 

The Word’s a Living Fount (Psalm 36:9).

Tis pure and clear (Psalm 12:6);

It makes the soul to mount ( 1saiah 40:31)

To Christ most dear ( 1.Peter 2:4-6).

 

The Word’s a Running Stream ( 1saiah 33:21).

Tis broad and deep (Psalm 65:9);

His love in it doth gleam ( Jer.31:3).

The soul to keep ( Jude 21).

 

The Word’s a Five of Love (Jer.20:9).

To make aglow (Psalm 39:3).

The soul, to things above ( Col.3:1).

While here below ( Prov.15:24).

 

The Word’s a Lamp to light ( Psalm 119:105).

Through life’s dark way (Prov.6:23).

It guides us safe and right (1saiah 58:11),

To realms of day (Psalm 43:2).

 

The Word’s a Safe Guide Book (Psalm 73:24)

To map the way (Psalm 119:9).

To this we need to look (James 1:25),

1.est we should stray (Psalm 119:11).

 

The Word’s a Mirror bright (James1:25).

In which is seen (Job 43:5-6)

Dark self—a hideous sight (Rom 7:18);

The flesh— unclean (Isaiah 64:6).

 

The Word’s a Hammer hard (Jer.23:29),

The heart it breaks(11.Kings 22:11-13).

Its force can none retard (John.5:25),

The soul it shakes ( Jer.23:9).

 

The Word’s a Balm to heal (Psalm 107:20).

The broken heart ( Psalm 147:3);

New life, and strength, and zeal (John 6:63)

It doth impart( 1 Kings 18:1).

 

The Word’s a Girdle sure (Eph.6:14)

To brace the loins (Luke 12:35);

It girds us to endure (Psalm 18:39).

What truth enjoins (1 Peter 1:13)

 

The Word’s the Spirit’s sword (Eph.6:17),

As sharp as steel (Heb.4:12),

To kill unholy words (1 Thess.2:13);

Its power we feel ( Acts 19:20).

 

The Word’s the Pilgrim’s Stay ( Isaiah 1.ro),

While here below (Isaiah 1.4,R.V.);

It helps us on our way ( Psalm 119:54).

As home we go ( 2 Cor.5:8,R.V.).

 

The Word’s a Casket rare ( Psalm 139:17).

Its gems are great ( 11.Peter 1:4);

Its cost can none declare (Job 28:16)

On earth’s estate (Psalm 119:72).

── BY F.E.MARSH.