Teach What Is Good - Pt 1
Psalm 19:7-11, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules] of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
Have you ever taken the time to earnestly appreciate the value of the Bible? Have you ever thought about the blood that was shed in order to preserve it or to write it into your own language? Have you ever wept in prayer over the fact that you have something at your disposal that many persecuted Christians around the world would give anything to get their hands on or to be able to read freely?
We have been given an infinite treasure (1 Peter 1:23-25) - the God-breathed (2 Timothy 2:16), God spoken (Hebrews 1:1) book that lays out who He is, what His purposes are and how He brings salvation to man. The book that comes from the very mind of God, written down through human hands. It is the only book that is altogether true from beginning to end, with no mistakes.
We have been given an infinite treasure (1 Peter 1:23-25) - the God-breathed (2 Timothy 2:16), God spoken (Hebrews 1:1) book that lays out who He is, what His purposes are and how He brings salvation to man.
God describes His Word in Psalm 19:7-11. There is so much depth in this text that I struggle to find adequate words to explain it. Such a small passage that illustrates the completeness of Scripture and our great need for it.
We see here 6 different names and characteristics for the Bible and 6 different blessings that flow out of meditating on it and following it:
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making the wise simple
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever
The rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether
In these first three verses (vs 7-9), our Creator is telling us (His image-bearing creation) that His written Word is our manual, everything we need to know in order to fully navigate life. It gives us the skills to maneuver through a confused world. The Word reveals who God is, it explains all we ought to believe, what He requires of us and how to worship in all situations. He assures us that these words of His are flawless, clear and free from error. His divine book will transform the soul that is willing to know and obey it (Romans 12:1-2). It will make us discerning, awe-filled and joyful.
The whole counsel of God is the “good teaching” spoken about in Titus 2:3. Reading through the Bible is what FCC’s Women’s Ministry wants to encourage in our discipling relationships (Below you can find a link for a Bible reading plan). Other books and studies aren’t necessarily bad in and of themselves. There is a time for those, but if we don’t have a solid grasp on God’s absolute truths first and foremost, how will we know lies when we see them? We are surrounded by deception. God warns that these false doctrines (false beliefs) will even come out from what appears to be the Church (Acts 20:28-30).
We are to have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:6-16) - the understanding that comes only from the Holy Spirit renewing (reviving, completely changing) us by the Word. We are the only people on earth that have the ability to see reality, things as they truly are, because we can see things through the Bible’s view.
Since this transformation, wisdom, joy, enlightenment, enduring truth and righteousness don’t come from human effort - I want to end the blog by letting some Scripture describe its own beauty:
Psalm 119:129-131, “Your testimonies are wonderful: therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.
Psalm 119:160, “The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endure forever.”
Psalm 119:165, “Abundant peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble.”
Job 23:12, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my portion of food.”
Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”
Matthew 4:4, “But He [Jesus] answered, ‘It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”’’.”
Luke 24:32, “They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while He [Jesus] talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures’?”
John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
Next time we’ll talk about some of the difficulties we may encounter as we believe, live and teach what is good.