Sunday 30 August
The Bible is clear
"The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple."
What is the Bible?
There are many ways that question can be answered, but this video explains the Bible is one big story:
There are lots of things we may not understand in this big story.
But we can definitely understand the main thing: it is all about Jesus Christ and how he saves us for a relationship with him.
Psalm 119:130 says even people who are "simple" (not very clever) can understand this, because it is so clear in the Bible.
Can you think of a verse or passage that makes this obvious?
A favourite verse of many people is John 3:16. It is very clear:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
This verse sums up the big story of the Bible.
If we remember that, then we can make sense of the parts of the Bible that aren't so clear at first glance.
Have you read or heard something from the Bible recently that you have questions about?
Is there anyone you could ask those questions to? If not, feel free to get a grown up to email Rev. Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would love to have a go at answering.
If the Bible is this clear, it means that just about anyone (young or old) should be able to understand the most important things.
Here's a great story that shows this:
A man called Dawson Trotman tells of how he used to have sailors round for dinner with his family in the States and at the end of the meal he would ask each one to quote a verse of the bible to encourage them to learn Scripture. One evening as they went around the table it was the turn of Ruthie (Trotman’s 3-year-old daughter). He says, there was a new sailor next to Ruthie, who didn’t expect her to quote the bible so without giving her an opportunity he began. Ruthie looked up at him as if to say, “I am a human being you know!” Then she quoted John 3:16 in her own way, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only forgotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” She put the emphasis on the “whosoever” because when she was first taught the verse she couldn’t pronounce that word. Well, days later, that sailor came over again and said to Trotman, “You know, I was going to quote that verse of Scripture! It was the only one I knew. But I didn’t really know, not until little Ruthie quoted it. When she said “whosoever” I thought, “That means me!” So back on the ship I accepted the Lord. And Dawson Trotman ends the story by saying, “Today that young man is a missionary in South America.”
Let's pray: Thank you God that the Bible is so clear about the main things and that it gives understanding to the simple. Please help me to understand it when I read, and help me to share it with others so that they too can get to know Jesus and be saved. In Jesus' name, Amen.