Tim is a freelance writer, poet, artist and storyteller. He always tries to find and include lessons for everyone in his writing.
God’s Word -The Bible
Do you consider the Bible to be the authentic Word of God dictated by God to certain men but written for all mankind? If you answered yes, then you are among the millions who down through the ages have followed the writings and teaching of The Bible to guide them through their daily lives. If you answered no the Bible still has a lot to offer you just pick up the book and read. You might be amazed at what you learn.
The Bible was written between 1500 BC to 100 AD by 40 authors over the period of 1600 years The first five books of the Bible, Genesis to Deuteronomy, are credited to Moses. The rest of the Old Testament was written by various authors.
In the New Testament, the four Gospels were written by four different authors with Luke also penning The Book of Acts. John penned his Gospel, three Epistles and the Book of Revelation. Paul the Apostle penned 13 books of the New Testament. The rest of the New Testament was penned by Peter, James and the writer of Hebrews.
The Bible is an eternal book written to offer mankind a better understanding of God and themselves. The Bible contains an infinitive amount of wisdom and insight into human psychology, ancient history and even some philosophy and poetry. The Bible is meant to be a guide, a light, sweet words for living in this world. There are those who say the Bible is alive because not matter how many times you read it, you learn something new each time.
God’s Word is Eternal
Detractors of the Bible have often stated, ”The Bible is an antiquated book that is not relevant in today’s life and times.” Or “The Bible was written for a specific time and place not for today.” While part of these statements are true.
The Bible is more than a book written thousands of years ago for the people of those specific times and places. It is a book with a lot of forwards thinking. God had each of the authors craft their books not just for their times but for all times and all readers. There are many places where the Bible declares it’s own longevity:
- 1 Peter 1:25, “But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.“
- Isaiah 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
- Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
In the end man may declare the Word of God obsolete but the Word of God itself says otherwise.
God’s Word Offers Wisdom and Insight
There are some who see God’s Word as a foolish book full of outdated or antiquated ideas. They also see those who listen to and follow the Word of God as foolish people living in a bygone era.
While it may be true the books of the Bible were written at a certain time and place the wisdom in the Bible transcends the years. All you have to do is look to the Book of Proverbs to garner tidbits of wisdom and insight for every aspect of life. Here are several.
- Proverbs 5:8, “Keep your way far from her(temptation), and do not go near the door of her house.”
- Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses”
- Proverbs 21:17, ““Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich”
This is only a glimpse into the the insight and wisdom the Bible has to offer.
God‘s Word Understands Human Psychology
The Bible is rife with insights into understanding of the workings of the inner man. Here are only three examples about why you do some of things you do.
- James 4:1-2, “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.”
- Psalm 37:7-9, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
The Bible was written with both the inner and outer man in mind. God knew how the inner man goes also goes the life of the outer man.
God’s Word Leads You
The Bible is always criticized because of its restrictive content but the Bible only seeks a course of action which is physically and mentally fulfilling. The Bible instructs you in the way you should go not because God wants to take away your joy but to insure you live a long and productive life.
Psalm 25:4-5, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Isaiah 30:21, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”
Psalm 48:14, “That this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.”
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it."
God's Word seeks to guide, you in the way you should go" in order to save from you from the ill advised decisions you are apt to make.
God’s Word is Sweet And Bitter
The Bible (God’s Word) is referred to in Proverbs as sweet It is also referred as bitter to the taste in the book of Revelation.
Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Proverbs 24:13-14, “My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Revelation 10:10, “And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.”
The Bible and the advice and wisdom it contains are sweet to one who seeks to live according to the Word. It is also bitter to those who do not want to listen to the Word. i
God’s Word Offers Light
God’s Word is called a lamp because it leads you to where you need to be and tries to deter you from making choices which are not good for mind, body and soul. Here are some verses about God’s word being a lamp or a light.
Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 18:28, “For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.”
Proverbs 6:23, “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,”
John 8:12, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life
God's Word is called a light because it seeks to guide the believer in the way they should go. God's Word shows us what pitfall and stumbling blocks which may occur in everyday life.
God’s Word is Alive
God’s Words is called alive because of the way it works in a believers life. The words do not just sit there on the page. The Word of God changes people, helps people grow. The Word of God moves to the heart.
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
God's Word changes people everyday.
Some Final Thoughts
In this article there are over 20 Bible verses offering insight into 7 aspects of the Bible. This article is not an exhaustive list of all the Bible has to offer. The best way to understand the Bible is to read and study the Bible for yourself.
© 2020 Timothy Whitt
Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on October 04, 2020:
Thank you for the kinds words. It just seemed like people are discounting the Word of God these days.
Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on October 04, 2020:
I enjoyed your article very much and also the verses you quoted - all good food for the inner man to live by.
'In the end man may declare the Word of God obsolete but the Word of God itself says otherwise'.
This sentence really stood out to me.