Reading the Word 2022
Dr. Richard L. Hamm3 weeks ago
January 1 begins our annual reading the Bible through in 100 days. With all of the chaos, calamity, confusion, and uncertainty in our world, what is your foundational guide for living life? There is nothing apart from the Bible, God’s Sacred Word that provides a strong and proper foundation to convey the wisdom, guidance, and confidence that you need to live a victorious and joyous Spirit-filled life.
The Bible is the most important book ever written. No other book in the history of humankind has had such a revolutionary influence, has so decisively affected the development of the Western world, or has had such a worldwide effect. The Bible continues to be the best-selling book year after year, and after two thousand years, it shows no sign of digressing.
Sacred Scripture is the only eternal thing on planet earth. “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the Lord endures forever” (I Peter 1:25). Clearly, the Bible is different from all other books. All other books are written by humans to humans, the Bible is from God to humankind. God’s word is written by God as He moved upon the writers. “For no prophecy (Scripture) was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God (1 Peter 1:21). “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21). The Sacred Scriptures declare, “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). Indeed it is!
Remember, when John the Baptist was in prison and he sent his disciples to question Jesus, if “He was the Messiah or should they look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus’ response to them was for them to “Go and show John again those things which you hear and see” (Matthew 11:4). Notice the word “hear.” Jesus wanted him to remember what he had heard: The Word of God speaking God’s Word. On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus told them “not to be moved not by what they saw but what they heard.” Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is My beloved Son, listen to and hear Him!” (Mark 9:7). God wants you to hear His Word. Remember. Jesus is the Word. Peter declared, “And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount” (2 Peter1:18). Remember what you read, not how you feel. “Jesus Christ (The Word) is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). You can trust the Word.
This should touch and move you to see the importance of the Word of God. Three times the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness and three times the “The Word” (Jesus is the Word) quoted the Word.
Read the Word and follow the example of the psalmist, “Your Word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Rather than just seeking an experience, read and quote the Sacred Scriptures often, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 199:105). Remember what you read because “The Word remains forever.”
May the Sacred Scriptures speak to you and the Holy Spirit bring you revelation knowledge as you embark on reading the Sacred Scriptures in its entirety in 100 days.