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The B-I-B-L-E

The Bible has been revered by Christ followers, treasured by people in times of persecution, given to prisoners to enable them to experience transformation, smuggled into closed countries to give hope to those in despair, and memorized to be the source of strength in one’s daily routine.  The verses of the Bible bring tears to the eyes of senior saints who now grasp the veracity of God’s Word.

This great book we call the Bible is also called the Scriptures and the Word of God.  It is a miracle of God’s protection through the centuries, and the power of its contents still changes lives daily.  Consider this short article of the Bible:

No fragment of any army ever survived so many battles as the Bible; no citadel ever withstood so many sieges; no rock was ever battered by so many hurricanes, and so swept by storms. And yet it stands.

It has seen the rise and downfall of Daniel’s four empires. Assyria bequeaths a few mutilated figures for the riches of our national museum. Media and Persia like Babylon, which they conquered, have been weighed in the balance, and long ago found wanting. Greece faintly survives in its historic fame; and Rome of the Caesars has long since ceased to boast. And yet the Book that foretells all this still survives.

While nations, kings, philosophers, systems, institutions have died away, the Bible engages men’s deepest thoughts, is examined by the keenest intellects, stands revered before the highest tribunals, is more read and sifted and debated, more devoutly loved and more vehemently assailed, more defended and more denied, more industriously translated and freely given to the world, more honored and more abused, than any other book the world has ever seen. It survives all changes, itself unchanged; it moves all minds, yet is moved by none; it sees all things decay, itself incorruptible; it sees myriads of other books engulfed in the stream of time, yet is borne along till the mystic angel shall plant his foot upon the sea, and swear by Him that lives forever and ever that time shall be no longer. The Old Book Stands!

David would describe it so well – The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.  The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.  The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.  By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.  (Psalm 19:7-11, 14)