Thursday, September 10, 2009

No Bibles


Thy word hath quickened me. Psalm 119:50 KJV

We in the twenty-first century have the benefit of written Scripture in our modern vernacular and thousands of years of commentators. But to people who had no Bible and only inherited stories, the audible words of God, the clouds of glory, and supernatural wonders were awesome! (Even in this age of special effects and computer-generated imagery, we are still struck by the power of an earthquake, hurricane, or flash flood.)

Noah and Abraham acted on God’s audible command. Job trusted without comfort of Scripture. Moses led millions before he wrote the Pentateuch. David’s and Solomon’s subjects didn’t have much Scripture (only Moses’ books), because most of the psalms, wisdom, prophecy, and historical chronicles were compiled and edited during the Exile to Babylon and Assyria and thereafter.

It’s easy for us to say, “Those stiff-necked people should have studied their Bibles and known better than to disobey God.” Their Scriptures were hand-copied on sheepskin or metal scrolls, and were expensive and in short supply.

Do we treasure our Bibles? We do. We have several versions on the shelf, our favorite at our bedside, and one in the car to take to church or just have on hand when needed. We have www.BibleGateway.com bookmarked on the computer. There’s no shortage of the Word of God—now.

But “the days are coming, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.” Amos 8:11-12 NIV

There is life-giving bread, satisfying water, and a healing touch, though. “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalm 119:50 KJV

Quickened. That’s “conceived” or “brought to life,” and we can all use that. God’s Word produces eternal life in all of us. So close this article right now and open your Bible, or click over to BibleGateway. You need to fill your life with eternal life!

2 comments:

  1. Good post, Christy K. I like BibleGateway's new "Embed Passage" tool - http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/?p=128 - that lets you copy a clean passage to your blog or word processor, minus verse numbers, references, etc. Then, just add highlighting and your own notes.

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  2. A Facebook friend says:
    "I just wanted to share with you an experience I had this morning. I having been feeling rather blue lately and was needing inspiration. A thought ran through my brain, look at Christy's blog. So there I went, since I have it on my faves at work and home. Your message lifted me and then I went to that Bible verse place you recommended [www.BibleGateway.com] and the scripture for today was exactly what I needed. ["Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice."]
    So thank you for writing that wonderful blog, I really enjoy the stories and thank you to my angel that reminded me to go there."

    Christy's response:
    Yay! So glad BibleGateway can be a blessing to you, too. I love that you can look at the same passage in many versions. If one doesn't quite speak to your spirit, another will.

    This week, I was reading a passage that God meant me to see. I know from all my "knowledge" that Habakkuk was a minor prophet predicting the Babylonian conquest. But the section God led me to was in The Message version, and all that 2700 year-old history dropped away and God spoke to me personally in the verse, specifically for that moment in September 2009! Yes, I will be writing a blog article about that...

    Thanks for telling me. It's encouraging that I can still have a ministry sitting at my home computer with no income! Seriously, it's confirmation that God is using me and sustaining me with or without a job.

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