Why You Should Study the Bible (3 of 6) by James Merritt
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Dr. James Merritt
INTRODUCTION 1. The Bible is the book that is owned by more people in America than any other single book. But what do Bible owners really know about the Bible?
82% say the idea that ''God helps those who help themselves'' is taken directly from the pages of the Bible. 66% say there is no absolute truth. 63% cannot name the four gospels. 58% cannot name half or more of the Ten Commandments. 58% do not know Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. 52% do not know the book of Jonah is in the Bible. 48% do not know the book of Thomas is not in the Bible. 39% do not know Jesus was born in Bethlehem. 30% do not know there were twelve apostles.1
2. It reminds me of a Sunday School teacher who was talking to a class of young boys. She said, ''Who went into the lion's den and came out unhurt?'' One little boy blurted out Tarzan!''
3. Far too many people, including Christians, have the Bible in their homes, but not in their hearts. That is a tragedy. The psalmist tells us in this tremendous chapter in v.162, ''I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure.'' He called God's word a treasure chest filled with jewels of joy for the one who will mine its riches.
4. As you know, Psalms is a Hebrew hymnbook. It is a book of songs. Psalm 119 is the longest song of all. The Bible is a book filled with chapter. Psalm 119 is by far the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses, and the entire chapter is about one thing-the word of God.
5. I want you to see in just a portion of this tremendous chapter, three key reasons that will answer the question as to why we should study the Bible.
I. We Need The Bible To Guide Us
1. ''Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.'' (v.105) Now we are told that the book that is a lamp and a light is ''Your word.'' He is talking about God's word. I have told you before that men wrote this Bible, but God authored the Bible. 2 Peter 1:21 tells us, ''for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.''
2. I am holding in my hand not only a book of miracles, but a miracle book. Did you know that the Bible's name actually means ''Book of books?'' It is not only one book; it is 66 books in one, 66 love letters from God to you and to me. Now the diversity is amazing. These 66 books were written by 40 different authors; living on several different continents; in the nations of Palestine, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and perhaps Arabia. They wrote in three different languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. They were separated in time by 16 centuries, and yet the Bible tells the same story from beginning to end.
3. Think about it. The Bible begins in a garden-in paradise. There we find the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Bible ends in the book of Revelation-again in the paradise of God where there is also the tree of life. In Genesis, man ...
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