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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Why is the Bible Important?
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV) The Word of God is alive and active. It will cut to the core of issues in your life. It will transform your life. Unfortunately, it is a book we all ignore too often. In part, because not is so readily available, we tend to neglect it and/or make it a low priority. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (Psalm 119:16 NIV) We are commanded to not lay aside, not neglect, the Word of God. Unfortunately, we have forgotten how important this book really is! The Torah was written in about 4000 BC. The entire Bible was complete in 393 AD. “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. (Proverbs 30:5, 6 NIV) The dark ages of biblical ignorance reigned from 400-1400 AD. During this time, the church forbid Bibles to be read by the common man. To insure that they were not, all Bible were printed only in Latin. If you violated the law, you were declared and heretic and executed! Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:12 NIV) The reformation gained strength in about 1300 AD as John Wycliffe began denouncing the practices of the church and publishing Bibles. He was considered a heretic, yet he spread the Word of God. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. (Psalm 19:8, 10 NIV) In the next 100 years, Martin Luther began the reformation. He translated the Bible into German and used the printing press to mass produce Bibles! He was declared a heretic. People began risking their lives to hear the Bible in their own language, Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89 NIV) The Bible was then translated into English by Tyndale. Also declared and heretic, he ran for his life for 11 years! Three years after Tyndale was burned at the stake, the King of England allowed, and even funded, mass production and distribution of Bibles. Love letters are very important to the recipient. They are read over and over again. Every word is treasured. Some are memorized. We live the one who loves us enough to send it. The Bible is God's love letter to you. It is alive, it is active, and it can cut to the core of your heart. It is the very Word of our Sovereign God. Do you "have time" to read it everyday this week and to not neglect it? Truth@Life can help. Call 248-396-6255 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE consultation. For more info on help I can provide check out http://truthatlife.com/