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What God's Word Says About God's Word?

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How does God expect us to view and use His Word, the Bible? Consider some of these examples from the Scriptures:

  • Kings of Israel were commanded to write out a copy of God's law and read it throughout the days of their lives, using it as the basis for ruling the people (Deuteronomy 17:18-20 Deuteronomy 17:18-20 18 And it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the middle of Israel.
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    ).
  • Almighty God commanded Moses to read His Word publicly before all Israel, including men and women, children and strangers (Deuteronomy 31:11-13 Deuteronomy 31:11-13 11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and your stranger that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as you live in the land where you go over Jordan to possess it.
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    ).
  • Joshua also read to all Israel-its elders, officers and judges-the words of God's law (Joshua 8:32-35 Joshua 8:32-35 32 And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
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    ).
  • Psalms 119:105 Psalms 119:105Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
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    tells us that God's Word is “a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path.”
  • God says He esteems the person “who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2 Isaiah 66:2For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.
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    ).
  • Ezra and Nehemiah read from the law to the people as part of their religious reforms after Judah returned from captivity in Babylon (Nehemiah 8).
  • Jesus Christ said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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    ; Luke 4:4 Luke 4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
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    ; quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3 Deuteronomy 8:3And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.
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    ).
  • Luke recorded Jesus' words when He said, “… Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28 Luke 11:28But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
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    ).
  • Paul described the Old Testament Scriptures as “inspired by God” and “useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.
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    , New Revised Standard Version).

God is clear on this: Eventually all human beings will know Him (Hebrews 8:11 Hebrews 8:11And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
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). You can begin to know God by reading His Word. GN

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