Friday, February 12, 2010

Saith The Lord

Do you doubt that it is God’s Word? It took more than two thousand years to be written, and in that written form has held together for longer than two thousand more.

From Genesis through Revelation there is one single phrase that ties all of this together. In 815 verses we find “saith the Lord.” The first comes with Abraham and Isaac.

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: (Genesis 22:16 KJV)

Moses spoke the words to Pharaoh. Joshua spoke the words to Israel. Again and again the words spoken and written. Through the books of the kings, the histories, the prophecies, into the epistles of Christ’s disciples. Jeremiah and Ezekiel have more than any other books. Some books do not contain the phrase, yet they carry the same message.

In the final book, He tells us again who He is.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8 KJV)

The phrase is used in the New Testament mostly in citing verses from the Old. It comes to mind that Jesus had no reason to use the phrase. When He spoke, it was the Lord speaking!

When He said: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV), He means it.

Faith is important throughout the Bible. We should be able to respond as the blind men did to Jesus’ question.

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. (Matthew 9:28 KJV)

Do we believe that He is able? God’s ability is on display throughout the Bible. My favorite promise is:

… lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:20b KJV)

However, that verse is out of context and is incomplete without the first part:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, (Matthew 28:20a KJV)

Even the whole verse is split off – incomplete without the previous verses.

And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:17-19 KJV)

Doubt crops up often. Don’t give it a home. Build faith on God’s fulfilled promises in His word.

1 comment:

  1. When people come to me asking about God and telling me of "issues," they have with what the Bible says. I always tell them that there are two kinds of people--ones that believe IT is the infallible Word of God and the ones who don't. I've met both. I will never understand how some don't believe yet I was given the gift of faith at a very young age--a gift I will be greatful for, forever.


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