Wednesday, April 6, 2016

How Literate Are You, Biblically?

None of my Bibles look like this. One of my husband’s does, though – except there is a middle column with reference numbers and scripture connections. There are millions of different styles of Bibles, only unopened ones from the same printing are just alike. As soon as the box is opened, most get some writing  in them. Some as presentations for an achievement, a lot for family occasions. At our church, newly baptized members are given one as a gift from the church. I’ve wondered about the percentage of use afterward.

One I’ve had for about 40 years is highlighted and noted. That was before I started keeping a notebook – and started using a tablet with a digital Bible. My digital Bible is highlighted and notes are often added, but the notebooks keep more info than the Bible now.

From February 14 of this year, my notes include using tools. My husband uses tools to create furniture. Several pieces in our home, including an oversized nine-drawer chest of drawers. I love them! I have some ceramic items that carry memories, and I must admit I use a number of tools to make quilts, so I use them, too.

The Bible is a Christian’s best tool. The purpose of this tool is to point people to God. How can we use this tool without study and instruction?

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)

There are many ways to grow Bible usage – daily readings is excellent. I recommend YouVersion apps for specific topical reading – and these apps have no ads:
A free Bible on your phone, tablet, and computer. YouVersion is a simple, ad-free Bible that brings God's Word into your daily life.
For more in-depth studying, I recommend e-Sword. which also has apps for iPhone and computer. I regret it is not yet available for Google store, but it is much more comprehensive by offering commentaries. As with YouVersion, the app, Bible and some other resources are free. As with Olive Tree, more versions and resources cost. Items without copyright are free – newer versions and books cost.

No – old does not mean outdated. Somethings are always appropriate:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 KJV)

Did you know you were to teach, talk or how often? Do you know what words were commanded to be taught and discussed? That’s part of being Bible literate.

Bible literacy also includes knowing what God expects us to do.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8 KJV)

Do you know where our Lord said obedience was more important than sacrifice? Do you know where Jesus said “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears,“ or what scripture He just read – or where He read it? If not, why not?

No – this is not simply for Christians. Anyone who denies there is a God deserves to know why they believe there is not a God. More importantly, Christians should be able to explain why - and what - they do believe.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)

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