“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD and read….” (Isaiah 34:16)
The word “Bible” means book. It is interesting that the complete name is “The Holy Bible.” The word “holy” is taken from the word that means “to sanctify,” thus the Holy Bible is, in fact, “The Sanctified Book.” Another name attributed to the Bible is “Scriptures” or “Writings.” Paul, the apostle, said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16).
The Lord God compiled the Bible by enabling about forty human writers to record exactly what He wanted written down. All in all, it took about 1,500 years for the sixty-six books of the Bible to be recorded. The cohesiveness of the Bible is extraordinary, with the overall theme being that of authority, i.e., “Who is in control?” The human writers God ordained, i.e., “appointed” to write the Word of God came from many walks of life. It seems that almost every class of people was represented in these writers…farmers, kings shepherds, tax collectors, etc. It has often been said that, “The Bible is the only Book that can appeal to every man where he is and influence every life to show where he needs to be.”
The Bible doesn’t tell everything about God. There are many things, I’m sure, that He has chosen not to reveal to us, but there is plenty that He has revealed already. “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). We are told to “study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).
The Bible is a spiritual Book intended for spiritual people. Those of the world do not understand nor appreciate the Bible, it is a source of aggravation and condemnation to them. The world can’t and won’t submit to Bible teachings because it is hidden to them. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14). The Bible is not only intended to give the believer discernment, but also direction. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). The Bible will also be your major source of delight the more you read it and become involved in it. “…but his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
Folks, we have a very special privilege given to us from God Himself, the opportunity to have God’s own Word at our fingertips and have Him communicate to us through it. We should rejoice and deeply involve ourselves within God’s Word, the Bible.Pastor H. Preston Parker