All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Why is the Bible so complicated to read? Who wrote the Bible? I’ve heard these questions time after time again. Some of us are too lazy to sit down and actually read and study the contents of the Bible, but we rather spend time reading unholy, lustful, over-sexual content that the Word warns about.
The word “Bible” comes from the Greek and Latin words meaning “book”. It is God’s love letter to us.
The Bible is the Word of God, not mythology material. Mythology was inspired by it and not the other way around. It was written by men that were inspired by the Spirit of God, and it contains 66 books that were approved by God (2 Peter 1:16). There are books of law, poetry, history, letters, gospel and prophecy. These inspired authors were kings, prophets, priests, farmers, doctors and shepherds. What diversity!
It was written over 1,500 years ago by about 40 different authors. The Bible was the first known book to be translated and distributed in so many languages.
Although the Bible was complied and written so many years ago, it’s not to be treated as a classic, for God’s Word will NEVER pass away (Matthew 24:35). The Bible tells of prophecies (all that was and yet to be fulfilled), salvation through Jesus Christ and of the coming eternal kingdom.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The Bible is divided into two main parts: the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the OT, we see the establishment of Israel as a nation, and the promise of salvation through One Man. It sets the stage for the coming Messiah. In the NT, we see that promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Themes such as hope, redemption and salvation are littered throughout. God created man – and woman – and placed him in Eden, the most perfect environment. He was stress-free and worry free, but it didn’t stop him from rebelling against God. Because of this great sin, the Creator had no choice but to place the world under a curse. However, God had plans to restore humanity and creation to its former glory and His beautiful plan set off a chain of events from Genesis to Revelation. Despite what many people may think, the OT was never done away with. Spending time in the Word can help us to become better fruits on branches.
The Holy Bible is my guide to living in this cruel and corrupted world. I’ll just leave a few things I’ve learned about the Bible while reading/studying the Word:
^ I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
^ Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
^ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
^ Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105).
^ Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).