2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
I love reading guide books about nature. I own a few about birds, plants, and trees.
When I see a bird land on my crab apple tree, outside my living room window, I get out my Western Birds field guide. I have learned about many birds. The tanager, chickadee, nuthatch, and more, are described in detail.
Usually, a guide book will show pictures, give Latin or scientific names, along with common names. It will talk about the family of species, and close relatives, and will give a location of where to find the particular species.
I love the colorful pictures that help identify the animal or plant.
The Bible is a guidebook. There are sixty-six books that were written at different times, that all come together to describe historical events and prophetic happenings. It tells us about life and what to expect. It tells the consequences of sin and salvation.
Many names of important people are mentioned, as well as a genealogy of Jesus Christ.
The laws are written that govern creation. Many locations are written down where events occurred.
Best of all, there is a lot of great advice and examples of how to live life the right way–a way that pleases the Creator of the Universe.
I have an old King James Bible that has a concordance in the back. I can look up subjects that are of interest to me.
Genesis tells the story of creation and the first people, how sin and death entered the world,
Many stories of early Judges and Kings follow. The activities of many rulers were written down and there are volumes of historical accounts documented.
Some books, like Proverbs, were written to give advice, instruction, knowledge, and wisdom. Proverbs contains many short verses that were written by Solomon, the wisest King who ever lived.
Books, like Hosea, were written as analogies. Hosea was a prophet of God, who lived out the account of how Israel was acting towards God. Hosea married a harlot. Although he cherished her, she kept leaving him for other men. Finally, he bought her back at an auction. He redeemed her, just as God has redeemed us through the blood of His Son, Jesus.
These books in the Old Testament also contained prophecy about a Savior that would rescue God’s people. Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, are some of those books that detail the accounts that would lead up to the birth of Jesus, and give details of how he would die. They tell about the purpose of Christ, and why Israel was awaiting the Savior of the World.
In the New Testament, we are given four wonderful accounts of the birth of Jesus, His life, and ministry. We are told of His miracles, and His ability to teach about God’s Kingdom. We are then given incredible information about His death and resurrection.
Acts is a book that tells about the formation of the early church. Many disciples were persecuted after Jesus was crucified, but it lead to the salvation of Paul, and to the message of Jesus going out into the world. It was not just for the Jews, but salvation was for everyone who wanted to be saved through Christ.
The accounts of Paul’s travels, his beatings, shipwrecks, imprisonment are all recorded. His great testimony of how God saved him is preached to many communities. He helps Timothy get into the ministry. These are the books of Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Timothy, and more.
The end of the Bible is the book of Revelation. It is the vision of John, one of Jesus’s disciples. When John was exiled for his belief in the Lord, He had a vision or revelation of what would happen when Christ returns.He details the end times of the earth as we know it. Jesus will come with judgement, in victory, bringing in His Kingdom, and He will reign forevermore!
Some people say there is no book to guide them in how to live. The Bible is the best guidebook for life that you will ever find!
Thank You, God, that You have given us Your words of wisdom and instruction. You have showed us how to live. You tell us to love our neighbors, to love You, to love our children. Love helps us make good choices. That ‘love’ has to start with knowing You, because You are the author of love. I praise You and give You honor! Let Your will be done, In Jesus’s name. Amen.