This is “Back to the Bible” week, and I’m inviting us all to fall in love with the Living Word all over again. Today, two quotes from an excellent article and a wonderful series on what the Bible is and how to study it. My friend Pastor Jimmy Davis LOVES to teach the Bible in a way that students get excited about spending time in the Word. Listen to what he says, and then read the whole article.
What is it? may be the most often wondered but seldom verbalized question church-goers ask about the Bible. It’s the same question the wanderers in the wilderness asked Moses the first morning they found manna scattered on the ground. Manna, a name derived from the Hebrew word for “what?,” was the “bread from heaven” God used to train His people to hunger daily for and hold dearly to His Word (Exodus 16; Deuteronomy 8). Morning by morning the people woke to find manna covering the ground like dust. Imagine how comical that first manna breakfast must have been as folks not only asked What is it? but then having in it hand also wondered Now, what do we do with it?
What is the Bible? is the question the people in our pews (or the folks in our folding chairs) are asking themselves but are hesitant to ask to their pastors and Bible teachers. They know that God has provided His Word as heavenly food for daily consumption, but morning by morning, as folks wake up to find God’s Word sitting on the chair-side table covered with dust, they wonder: What is it? and What do we do with it? As preachers and teachers of the Word of God, we must help our listeners understand what sort of book the Bible is and what purpose it serves in the life of God’s people. Jimmy Davis, Associate Pastor of Metrocrest Presbyterian Church