THE BLESSINGS AND BENEFITS OF THE BIBLE

February 24, 2017 0 Comments

Lately, I have been bombarded with television commercials about the benefits of purchasing SILVER, to add to my investment portfolio (if only I had an investment portfolio)! But it reminded me of something the Bible says that is far more beneficial to my life than physical silver--and that is the Word of God. “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” (Psalm 12:6)

In Psalm 12 we have a beautiful description of God’s Word. It is compared to purified, refined silver that can be trusted for its authenticity. The purity of God’s Word means it is without error. God’s Word is likened to many things in Scripture:
1. Bread that nourishes. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4)
2. Milk that comforts. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby.” (I Pet. 2:2)
3. Water that cleanses. “That He might sanctify and cleanse her (the Church) with the washing of the water by the Word.” (Eph. 5:26)
4. A Sword that defends. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” (Eph. 6:17) “The Word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword.” (Heb. 4:12)
5. A Lamp that illuminates. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psa. 119:105)
6. A Hammer that breaks hard hearts. “Is not My Word like a fire says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23:29)
7. A Mirror that reveals. “For if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect Law of liberty and continues in it, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:23-25)

Here in this text, we find yet another analogy--that of silver. It is extremely valuable because it is pure. Yes, even though the Bible is rejected by liberal skeptics for allegedly containing errors and contradictions, it has proven itself again and again to be trustworthy. God’s Word is pure. See also Psa. 19:8; Psa. 119:140; and Prov. 30:5, all references to the purity of God’s Word.

My trust, therefore, is not in my financial portfolio, or in the accumulation of precious metals, but rather in the Word of God. A thousand years from now, it is all that will matter, because it is that which will still endure. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My Words will never pass away" (Matt. 24:35).

Here is a little illustration of the enduring value of the Bible:
“Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door, and heard the anvil ring the vesper chime. Then looking in, I saw upon the floor, old hammers, worn with beating years of time. How many anvils have you had, said I, to wear and batter all these hammers so? Just one, said he, and then with twinkling eye, The anvil wears the hammers out, you know. And so, I thought, the anvil of God’s Word for ages skeptic blows have beat upon; yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard, the anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”

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Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.