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How to get the most out of the Bible Chaplain Bertram Bobb

June 2013

Are you having a good summer? I start the Chaplain’s Corner with this question: “What happens when we fail to study the Bible?”

We begin by turning to an Old Testament passage in Jeremiah 8:9 to answer the question, “What happens when we fail to study the Bible?”

In this passage, Jeremiah is speaking to and against the leaders of Israel. The leaders have misled the people. The prophets have failed, the priests have failed, the scribes have failed and the wise men of the nation have failed in leading the nation of Israel to the truth of God.

This is what Jeremiah says in Jeremiah 8:9: “the wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the Word of the LORD; and what kind of wisdom do they have?” The implication is that they don’t have any.

Wisdom comes from God, and it comes through His Word, and apart from His Word there is no real Spiritual Wisdom.

When the leaders of a nation of Israel, even the nation of Israel, rejected the Word of the Lord, there is no wisdom.

What happens to a nation that abandons the Bible authority?

We read the Bible and learn the history of the nation Israel. God has promised them He will bless them if they are obedient to His Word and worship Him only. When the Israelites forget or reject His Words they begin to worship other things, they worship Idols. It is not idols of statues or pictures. Anything you think of and worship before God is an idol.

Results of idolatry leads to immorality and God’s judgment, but God will forgive a repenting heart.

When nations forget or reject the Biblical truth, they are following the same path to God’s judgment. What should we do?

You have heard the record of the long lost book in II Kings 22. Hilkiah, the High Priest, while he was cleaning the temple, found this book.

The book was brought to Josiah, who was eight years old when he became king. The book was brought to him when was just 18 years old when he said “read it to me.” After Shaphan the secretary read to him, King Josiah said, “You have made the commandment of God of none effect by your traditions.”

We must repent for all our neglect, for all our sins, or the nation will be destroyed.

He said reformation shall begin with the king. The head of this nation will put himself in sackcloth and ashes.

Because your study of the Bible is so important to the blessing of your life, it is so important to your joy, it is so important to your usefulness, it is so important to the glory of God.

If you have a weak view of Scripture, you will have weak interest in it. It is the seriousness with which you read your Bible, this motivates you in its study.

Understand the value of the Bible. Understand its riches in treasure. The Psalmist said, “It is more precious than gold and sweeter than honeycomb.” It is the view of Scripture that is the foundation of everything in the Scripture; study it with great diligence and care.

What is right is determined by what God has said. And God has spoken of moral, ethical and spiritual truths with very clear terms. No society will survive abandoning the Bible. Our society will continue to disintegrate at a rapid rate until there is a return to the Word of God.

The Bible claims amazing things for itself. We will study three of them: These are things the Bible claims for itself.

First, it claims for itself to be infallible, which is to say that everything it says is absolute truth. If it says something about capital punishment, and it does, what it says is true. If it says something about marriage and divorce, what it says is absolutely true. If it says something about Jesus Christ, that is true. If it says something about the nature of men, what it says is absolutely true. If it says something about the history of Tyre or Sidon, it is absolute truth. If is says something of Babylon, of a beast, or about an Antichrist, it is true. If it says something about a man named Peter, a man named David or a man named Paul, it is true. If it says something about a man named Adam who had a wife named Eve, and they had children, Cain, Abel and Seth, and it says something about a garden, everything that it says is absolutely true. It is infallible.

Second, it is inerrant. When I say it is inerrant, I mean the Bible written by the inspired writer was without error. When the Word of God was written it was written without error as the Spirit of God directed the writer: We read in Proverbs 30: 5-6: “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reproved thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Third, the Scripture is complete. That is to say that this is all God to inspire. This is it. From Genesis to Revelation, all the 66 books sum it up. We read in Deuteronomy 42, “you shall not add to the word which I am commanding you nor take away from it.”

Holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit as they wrote this. It is not of any private origin. It came from God; it is infallible, inerrant and complete. “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

God’s Words will always be fulfilled. It is effective. Wherever it goes, it penetrates powerfully. It penetrates the heart. It cuts deep; it achieves God’s power, sometimes for grace, sometimes for judgment. What God says will come to pass.

May God bless you. Perhaps God has spoken to you to commit your life to Him by trusting Jesus as your Savior.