Thursday, May 12, 2011

Why We Must Read the Bible - (a repost of something I did earlier)

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee” Hosea 4:6a

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11,12

1. Because God has told us to do that; to study it – 2 Timothy 2:15, and read it aloud, and meditate on it – Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:13, 15, 172.

2. Because it will help our walk with Christ – 2 Timothy 3:15,16 (Notice from verse 15 that translations, not merely the originals are included in this as we can be sure that Timothy didn’t have the original of Moses’ books and that some of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures were translating what was actually said in other languages as in from Egyptian into Hebrew under the authority of Genesis 42:23 and from Hebrew into Greek under the authority of Acts 21:40. In addition, the wording of the originals God can change if He desires to add to it as per Jeremiah 36:32 perhaps to bring it into line with what He has written in heaven – Psalm 119:89).

3. Because it is a principle means by which God sanctifies us or makes us useful for His service – John 17:17; (of which verse 20 proves it’s also talking about you and me.)

4. Because God’s word is important to Him – Psalm 138:2

5. Because it will keep you from sinning against God – Psalm 119:11

6. Because it will make you praise Him – Psalm 119:7.

7. Because it will clean up your act – Psalm 119:9, 101.

8. Because it will cause you to rejoice and give you delight – Psalm 119:14, 16 , 47, 72.

9. Because it will open our eyes – Psalm 119:18.

10. Because it gives us life – Psalm 119:25, 50, 92.

11. Because it will help us choose what is right – Psalm 119:30.

12. Because we will love it – Psalm 119: 47.

13. Because it gives us songs in our hearts – Psalm 119: 54.

14. Because it tells us of the nature of His mercy – Psalm 119:58, 116

15. Because it prompts us to spontaneous prayer and praise – Psalm 119:62.

16. Because it lights our way – Psalm 119: 105, 130;

17. Because it changes our affections- Psalm 119:113.

18. Because it gives us hope and causes us to seek God’s protection – Psalm 119:114.

19. Because it is pure – Psalm 119: 140.

20. Because God has taken care to preserve His word for us – Psalm 12:6,7

21. Because God’s power works through it so much that it is linked to Himself – Romans 9:17 with Exodus 9:16 and Galatians 3:8 with Genesis 22:18.

22. Because it speaks of Jesus – Luke 24:27

23. Because we are going to reign with Him as per 2 Timothy 2:12 and Revelation 20:6 and rulers are called to do so – Deuteronomy 17:19

24. Because Jesus is called the Word (capital W) of God – John 1:1-3; Revelation 19:13; 1 John 5:7.

25. Because Satan doesn’t want you to have it – Genesis 3:1; Matthew 13:18, 23.

26. Because it is true - John 17:17; Psalm 119:142, 160.

And there are many, many more reasons to read God’s word but I’m sure you will find them out on your own.

Daily Bible Reading, reading aloud, and listening.

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