Stay with the Bible
Today’s reading: I Chronicles 20-22; John 10:22-42
12 Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. I Chronicles 22:12-13
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? John 10:34-36
God’s Word must be heeded as His Son confirmed previous Scripture as authentic.
Jesus was continually questioned and criticized during His years of earthly ministry. It only got worse, and, of course, concluded with the arrest, trial, and crucifixion. In the incident mentioned here, He used Scripture to defend His reference to God as His Father and His claim to be the Son of God. In a parenthetical comment, He says, “…Scripture cannot be broken…” This is not His only reference to the veracity of the Bible, but it is a very clear one. He knew the Word, used the Word, and applied the Word to real life situations and questions.
David advised his son, Solomon, who would succeed him as king. He told him that the Lord would be the One giving him charge over Israel. Solomon needed to understand that he was a vassal, a steward of the kingdom of God’s people, not his own autonomous boss. Furthermore, David emphasized the need for discretion and understanding to keep and to observe carefully God’s law if Solomon were to prosper.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35). Do you hold God’s Word in high esteem? Do you know that Scripture cannot be broken? It is not wasted time you invest in the careful reading, studying, and obeying of the Bible. Stay with it.