From Gary... Bible Reading August 22, 23

Bible Reading  

August 22, 23

The World English Bible

Aug. 22
Job 24-26
Job 24:1 "Why aren't times laid up by the Almighty? Why don't those who know him see his days?
Job 24:2 There are people who remove the landmarks. They violently take away flocks, and feed them.
Job 24:3 They drive away the donkey of the fatherless, and they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
Job 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way. The poor of the earth all hide themselves.
Job 24:5 Behold, as wild donkeys in the desert, they go forth to their work, seeking diligently for food. The wilderness yields them bread for their children.
Job 24:6 They cut their provender in the field. They glean the vineyard of the wicked.
Job 24:7 They lie all night naked without clothing, and have no covering in the cold.
Job 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for lack of a shelter.
Job 24:9 There are those who pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor,
Job 24:10 So that they go around naked without clothing. Being hungry, they carry the sheaves.
Job 24:11 They make oil within the walls of these men. They tread wine presses, and suffer thirst.
Job 24:12 From out of the populous city, men groan. The soul of the wounded cries out, yet God doesn't regard the folly.
Job 24:13 "These are of those who rebel against the light. They don't know its ways, nor abide in its paths.
Job 24:14 The murderer rises with the light. He kills the poor and needy. In the night he is like a thief.
Job 24:15 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, 'No eye shall see me.' He disguises his face.
Job 24:16 In the dark they dig through houses. They shut themselves up in the daytime. They don't know the light.
Job 24:17 For the morning is to all of them like thick darkness, for they know the terrors of the thick darkness.
Job 24:18 "They are foam on the surface of the waters. Their portion is cursed in the earth. They don't turn into the way of the vineyards.
Job 24:19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters, so does Sheol those who have sinned.
Job 24:20 The womb shall forget him. The worm shall feed sweetly on him. He shall be no more remembered. Unrighteousness shall be broken as a tree.
Job 24:21 He devours the barren who don't bear. He shows no kindness to the widow.
Job 24:22 Yet God preserves the mighty by his power. He rises up who has no assurance of life.
Job 24:23 God gives them security, and they rest in it. His eyes are on their ways.
Job 24:24 They are exalted; yet a little while, and they are gone. Yes, they are brought low, they are taken out of the way as all others, and are cut off as the tops of the ears of grain.
Job 24:25 If it isn't so now, who will prove me a liar, and make my speech worth nothing?"
Job 25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
Job 25:2 "Dominion and fear are with him. He makes peace in his high places.
Job 25:3 Can his armies be counted? On whom does his light not arise?
Job 25:4 How then can man be just with God? Or how can he who is born of a woman be clean?
Job 25:5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in his sight;
Job 25:6 How much less man, who is a worm, the son of man, who is a worm!"
Job 26:1 Then Job answered,
Job 26:2 "How have you helped him who is without power! How have you saved the arm that has no strength!
Job 26:3 How have you counseled him who has no wisdom, and plentifully declared sound knowledge!
Job 26:4 To whom have you uttered words? Whose spirit came forth from you?
Job 26:5 "Those who are deceased tremble, those beneath the waters and all that live in them.
Job 26:6 Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
Job 26:7 He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing.
Job 26:8 He binds up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not burst under them.
Job 26:9 He encloses the face of his throne, and spreads his cloud on it.
Job 26:10 He has described a boundary on the surface of the waters, and to the confines of light and darkness.
Job 26:11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his rebuke.
Job 26:12 He stirs up the sea with his power, and by his understanding he strikes through Rahab.
Job 26:13 By his Spirit the heavens are garnished. His hand has pierced the swift serpent.
Job 26:14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways. How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

Aug. 23
Job 27-29

Job 27:1 Job again took up his parable, and said,
Job 27:2 "As God lives, who has taken away my right, the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.
Job 27:3 (For the length of my life is still in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils);
Job 27:4 surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Job 27:5 Far be it from me that I should justify you. Until I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
Job 27:6 I hold fast to my righteousness, and will not let it go. My heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
Job 27:7 "Let my enemy be as the wicked. Let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
Job 27:8 For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
Job 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble comes on him?
Job 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty, and call on God at all times?
Job 27:11 I will teach you about the hand of God. That which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
Job 27:12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
Job 27:13 "This is the portion of a wicked man with God, the heritage of oppressors, which they receive from the Almighty.
Job 27:14 If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword. His offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Job 27:15 Those who remain of him shall be buried in death. His widows shall make no lamentation.
Job 27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare clothing as the clay;
Job 27:17 he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
Job 27:18 He builds his house as the moth, as a booth which the watchman makes.
Job 27:19 He lies down rich, but he shall not do so again. He opens his eyes, and he is not.
Job 27:20 Terrors overtake him like waters. A storm steals him away in the night.
Job 27:21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs. It sweeps him out of his place.
Job 27:22 For it hurls at him, and does not spare, as he flees away from his hand.
Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
Job 28:1 "Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold which they refine.
Job 28:2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and copper is smelted out of the ore.
Job 28:3 Man sets an end to darkness, and searches out, to the furthest bound, the stones of obscurity and of thick darkness.
Job 28:4 He breaks open a shaft away from where people live. They are forgotten by the foot. They hang far from men, they swing back and forth.
Job 28:5 As for the earth, out of it comes bread; Underneath it is turned up as it were by fire.
Job 28:6 Sapphires come from its rocks. It has dust of gold.
Job 28:7 That path no bird of prey knows, neither has the falcon's eye seen it.
Job 28:8 The proud animals have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed by there.
Job 28:9 He puts forth his hand on the flinty rock, and he overturns the mountains by the roots.
Job 28:10 He cuts out channels among the rocks. His eye sees every precious thing.
Job 28:11 He binds the streams that they don't trickle. The thing that is hidden he brings forth to light.
Job 28:12 "But where shall wisdom be found? Where is the place of understanding?
Job 28:13 Man doesn't know its price; Neither is it found in the land of the living.
Job 28:14 The deep says, 'It isn't in me.' The sea says, 'It isn't with me.'
Job 28:15 It can't be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for its price.
Job 28:16 It can't be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
Job 28:17 Gold and glass can't equal it, neither shall it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold.
Job 28:18 No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal. Yes, the price of wisdom is above rubies.
Job 28:19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, Neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
Job 28:20 Whence then comes wisdom? Where is the place of understanding?
Job 28:21 Seeing it is hidden from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the birds of the sky.
Job 28:22 Destruction and Death say, 'We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.'
Job 28:23 "God understands its way, and he knows its place.
Job 28:24 For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole sky.
Job 28:25 He establishes the force of the wind. Yes, he measures out the waters by measure.
Job 28:26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder;
Job 28:27 then he saw it, and declared it. He established it, yes, and searched it out.
Job 28:28 To man he said, 'Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom. To depart from evil is understanding.' "
Job 29:1 Job again took up his parable, and said,
Job 29:2 "Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me;
Job 29:3 when his lamp shone on my head, and by his light I walked through darkness,
Job 29:4 as I was in the ripeness of my days, when the friendship of God was in my tent,
Job 29:5 when the Almighty was yet with me, and my children were around me,
Job 29:6 when my steps were washed with butter, and the rock poured out streams of oil for me,
Job 29:7 when I went forth to the city gate, when I prepared my seat in the street.
Job 29:8 The young men saw me and hid themselves. The aged rose up and stood.
Job 29:9 The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
Job 29:10 The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
Job 29:11 For when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it commended me:
Job 29:12 Because I delivered the poor who cried, and the fatherless also, who had none to help him,
Job 29:13 the blessing of him who was ready to perish came on me, and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Job 29:14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me. My justice was as a robe and a diadem.
Job 29:15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.
Job 29:16 I was a father to the needy. The cause of him who I didn't know, I searched out.
Job 29:17 I broke the jaws of the unrighteous, and plucked the prey out of his teeth.
Job 29:18 Then I said, 'I shall die in my own house, I shall number my days as the sand.
Job 29:19 My root is spread out to the waters. The dew lies all night on my branch.
Job 29:20 My glory is fresh in me. My bow is renewed in my hand.'
Job 29:21 "Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.
Job 29:22 After my words they didn't speak again. My speech fell on them.
Job 29:23 They waited for me as for the rain. Their mouths drank as with the spring rain.
Job 29:24 I smiled on them when they had no confidence. They didn't reject the light of my face.
Job 29:25 I chose out their way, and sat as chief. I lived as a king in the army, as one who comforts the mourners.
Aug. 22
Romans 3

Rom 3:1 Then what advantage does the Jew have? Or what is the profit of circumcision?
Rom 3:2 Much in every way! Because first of all, they were entrusted with the oracles of God.
Rom 3:3 For what if some were without faith? Will their lack of faith nullify the faithfulness of God?
Rom 3:4 May it never be! Yes, let God be found true, but every man a liar. As it is written, "That you might be justified in your words, and might prevail when you come into judgment."
Rom 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commends the righteousness of God, what will we say? Is God unrighteous who inflicts wrath? I speak like men do.
Rom 3:6 May it never be! For then how will God judge the world?
Rom 3:7 For if the truth of God through my lie abounded to his glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
Rom 3:8 Why not (as we are slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say), "Let us do evil, that good may come?" Those who say so are justly condemned.
Rom 3:9 What then? Are we better than they? No, in no way. For we previously warned both Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin.
Rom 3:10 As it is written, "There is no one righteous; no, not one.
Rom 3:11 There is no one who understands. There is no one who seeks after God.
Rom 3:12 They have all turned aside. They have together become unprofitable. There is no one who does good, no, not, so much as one."
Rom 3:13 "Their throat is an open tomb. With their tongues they have used deceit." "The poison of vipers is under their lips;"
Rom 3:14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
Rom 3:15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood.
Rom 3:16 Destruction and misery are in their ways.
Rom 3:17 The way of peace, they haven't known."
Rom 3:18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Rom 3:19 Now we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God.
Rom 3:20 Because by the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
Rom 3:21 But now apart from the law, a righteousness of God has been revealed, being testified by the law and the prophets;
Rom 3:22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction,
Rom 3:23 for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
Rom 3:25 whom God set forth to be an atoning sacrifice, through faith in his blood, for a demonstration of his righteousness through the passing over of prior sins, in God's forbearance;
Rom 3:26 to demonstrate his righteousness at this present time; that he might himself be just, and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus.
Rom 3:27 Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what manner of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith.
Rom 3:28 We maintain therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.
Rom 3:29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Isn't he the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,
Rom 3:30 since indeed there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith, and the uncircumcised through faith.
Rom 3:31 Do we then nullify the law through faith? May it never be! No, we establish the law.

Aug. 23
Romans 4

Rom 4:1 What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather, has found according to the flesh?
Rom 4:2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not toward God.
Rom 4:3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness."
Rom 4:4 Now to him who works, the reward is not counted as grace, but as debt.
Rom 4:5 But to him who doesn't work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.
Rom 4:6 Even as David also pronounces blessing on the man to whom God counts righteousness apart from works,
Rom 4:7 "Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man whom the Lord will by no means charge with sin.
Rom 4:9 Is this blessing then pronounced on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness.
Rom 4:10 How then was it counted? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
Rom 4:11 He received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while he was in uncircumcision, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they be in uncircumcision, that righteousness might also be accounted to them.
Rom 4:12 The father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had in uncircumcision.
Rom 4:13 For the promise to Abraham and to his seed that he should be heir of the world wasn't through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Rom 4:14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void, and the promise is made of no effect.
Rom 4:15 For the law works wrath, for where there is no law, neither is there disobedience.
Rom 4:16 For this cause it is of faith, that it may be according to grace, to the end that the promise may be sure to all the seed, not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.
Rom 4:17 As it is written, "I have made you a father of many nations." This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were.
Rom 4:18 Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, "So will your seed be."
Rom 4:19 Without being weakened in faith, he didn't consider his own body, already having been worn out, (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb.
Rom 4:20 Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn't waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God,
Rom 4:21 and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Rom 4:22 Therefore it also was "reckoned to him for righteousness."
Rom 4:23 Now it was not written that it was accounted to him for his sake alone,
Rom 4:24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be accounted, who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead,
Rom 4:25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.

From Mark Copeland... "GIVE ME THE BIBLE" Why I Read The Bible

                          "GIVE ME THE BIBLE"

                          Why I Read The Bible


1. Perhaps you have heard people say things like...
   a. "Oh, you don't read the Bible, do you?"
   b. "Why, the Bible is just another book; you ought to read..."

2. Perhaps you have heard...
   a. A teacher degrade the Bible before his or her students, ridiculing
      those who read it
   b. Those who are proud to have a Bible on their bookshelf, but only
      as one book among other "greats" of literature

3. But the Bible is more than simply one of the "greats"; it is unique...
   a. Meaning "one and only"
   b. Meaning "different from all others; having no like or equal"

[Our purpose in this lesson is to review ways in which the Bible is
unique, truly "different from all others; having no like or equal".  For
example, the Bible is...]


      1. Over a long period of time
         a. About 1600 years
         b. A span of 40 generations
      2. By approximately 40 authors from every walk of life
         a. Moses, political leader trained in the universities of Egypt
         b. Peter, fisherman
         c. Amos, herdsman
         d. Joshua, military general
         e. Nehemiah, cup bearer to the king of Persia
         f. Daniel, prime minister in the courts of Babylon
         g. Luke, physician
         h. Solomon, philosopher king
         i. Matthew, tax collector
         j. Paul, rabbi and tentmaker
      3. In different places
         a. Moses in the wilderness
         b. Jeremiah in a dungeon
         c. Daniel on a hillside, and in a palace
         d. Paul inside prison walls
         e. Luke while traveling
         f. John in exile on the isle of Patmos
         g. Others in the rigors of a military campaign
      4. At different times
         a. David in times of war
         b. Solomon in times of peace
      5. During different moods
         a. Some writing from the heights of joy
         b. Others from the depths of sorrow and despair
      6. On three continents:  Asia, Africa, Europe
      7. In three languages:  Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
      8. With subject matter involving hundreds of controversial topics,
         such as:
         a. The origin of man and the universe
         b. The nature of God
         c. The nature of man, sin, and man's redemption

      1. For example:
         a. "The Paradise Lost of the book of Genesis becomes the
            Paradise Regained of Revelation." - Geisler and Nix
         b. "Whereas the gate to the Tree of Life is closed in Genesis,
            it is opened forevermore in Revelation." - ibid.
      2. Compare the continuity of the Bible with any other writings of
         a. Imagine what you would have it you took just ten authors...
            1) From one walk of life, one generation, one place, one
               time, one mood, one continent, one language
            2) Speaking on just one controversial subject
         b. You would have a conglomeration of conflicting ideas, not harmony!

[The Bible is truly unique, one of a kind, in its continuity.  It is also...]


      1. One of the first major books translated
         a. E.g., the Septuagint version of the OT
         b. Translated into Greek in 250 B.C.
      2. Between 1950-1960, 3000 Bible translators were at work
      3. "By the end of 1993, the whole Bible had been translated into
         337 languages; 2,062 languages have translations of at least
         one book of the Bible." - Guinness Book of World Records (1998)

      1. As of 1804 - 409 million copies
      2. As of 1932 - one and a third billion copies
      3. "The world's best-selling and most widely distributed book is
         the Bible, with an estimated 2.5 billion copies sold, 1815 -
         1975." - Guinness Book of World Records
      4. "No other book has known the anything approaching this constant
         circulation" - The Cambridge History of the Bible
      5. As said of the words of God, "Their voice has gone out to all
         the earth, and their words to the ends of the world." - Ro 10:18

[You would think that if a person were sincerely seeking truth, he or
she would give serious consideration to a book that has drawn so much
attention!  The Bible is also...]


      1. Though written on material that perishes...
         a. ...having to be copied and recopied for hundreds of years by
         b. ...its style, correctness, or existence did not diminish
      2. Compared with other ancient writings, the manuscript evidence
         of the Bible:
         a. Is greater than any 10 pieces of classical literature combined!
         b. Is sufficient to ensure that we are reading the words of the original

      1. Many have tried to burn it, ban it, and otherwise outlaw it
         a. From the days of Roman emperors
         b. To the present Communist-dominated countries
      2. For example:
         a. In 303 A.D., the Roman emperor Diocletian issued an edict to
            stop Christians from worshipping, and to destroy their scriptures
         b. Only 25 years later the Roman emperor Constantine called for
            50 copies of the Bible to be prepared at the expense of the government!
      3. How true is the statement:  "All flesh is as grass, and all the
         glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and
         its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures
         forever." - 1Pe 1:24-25

      1. "Infidels for 1800 years have been refuting and overthrowing
         this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock.  Its
         circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and
         read today than ever before.  Infidels, with all their assault
         make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack
         hammer on the pyramids of Egypt." - H. L. Hastings
      2. "No other book has been so chopped, knifed, sifted,
         scrutinized, and vilified.  What book on philosophy or religion
         or psychology...has been subject to such a mass attack as the
         Bible?  With such venom and skepticism?  With such thoroughness
         and erudition?  Upon every chapter, line and tenet?  And yet,
         the Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and
         studied by millions." - Bernard Ramm

[Next, consider how the Bible is...]


      1. "It is the only volume ever produced in which is to be found a
         large body of prophecies relating to individual nations (more
         than ten in Isaiah alone), Israel, all the peoples of the
         earth, certain cities, the coming Messiah and His kingdom."
         - Wilbur Smith
      2. There is no other book of religious antiquity which provides so
         many explicit prophecies:
         a. So distant in the future
         b. Which came to pass

      1. The Old Testament "embodies the oldest history writing extant"
         - Cambridge Ancient History
      2. The Hebrews are the only race of people that can give such a
         clear and accurate picture of their origins
      3. "...in all of my archaeological investigation I have never
         found one artifact of antiquity that contradicts any statement
         of the Word of God." - Nelson Glueck

      1. The Bible deals frankly with the sins of its characters, even
         its heroes:
         a. Adam and Eve - putting off responsibility on to others
         b. Noah - drunkenness
         c. Abraham - cowardice, lying to save his skin
         d. Moses - disobedience to God
         e. David - lying, adultery, murder
         f. Peter - denying the Lord, causing division through hypocrisy
         g. Churches - divided, arrogant, materialistic
      2. The Bible has the habit of telling it like it was, and is
         unique in its portrayal of its key personalities

[Finally, we briefly note that Bible is...]


      1. "If every Bible in any considerable city were destroyed, the
         book could be restored in all its essential parts from the
         quotations on the shelves of the city public library" - The
         Greatest English Classic
      2. "The Bible's influence is impossible to ignore. There are more
         than a thousand biblical references in the works of Shakespeare
         alone. John Milton, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway all drew
         on the Bible, too. Then there's Rembrandt, Chagall and Da
         Vinci, who all put the Bible on canvas. Even the Declaration of
         Independence alludes to the Bible. But it's not just history --
         the Bible is in pop culture as well.  The movie 'The Matrix' is
         so full of Biblical references people have written entire books
         about it." - Sean Alfano, The Bible As Literature
      3. "I consider an intimate knowledge of the Bible an indispensable
         quality of a well educated man." - Dr. Robert Milikan, former
         President of the California Inst. Of Tech. And Nobel Peace
         Prize winner

      1. Our judicial system is based upon many of the principles found
         in the Bible
      2. Our standards of morality owe much to the Judeo-Christian ethic
      3. "The fundamental basis of this nation's law was given to Moses
         on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes
         from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from
         Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough
         these days. If we    don't have the proper fundamental moral
         background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian
         government which does not believe in the right for anybody
         except the state." - Harry S. Truman
      4. "I think for any educated person, it's absolutely essential to
         know something about the Bible. Whether a person is a believer
         or not, the Bible stands at the foundation of our form of
         civilization." - Bart Ehrman

      1. "The Bible is worth more than all other books which have ever
         been printed." - Patrick Henry
      2. "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and
         the Bible." - George Washington
      3. "It has been my custom for many years to read the Bible in its
         entirety once a year." - John Quincy Adams
      4. "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to
         man.  All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated
         to us through this book." - Abraham Lincoln
      5. "The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others are of
         minor importance, and which in all my perplexities and
         distresses has never failed to give me light and strength."
         - Robert E. Lee
      6. "The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or will
         be known in the world." - Charles Dickens
      7. "No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of
         the Bible...A thorough understanding of the Bible is better
         than a college education." - Theodore Roosevelt (cf. Psa 119:97-100)
      8. "Within the covers of this one single book, the Bible, are all
         the answers to all the problems we  face today. If only we
         would read it and believe." - Ronald Reagan


1. This lesson has not been an effort to prove the Bible to be the Word of God...
   a. Though its continuity and fulfilled prophecy are certainly
      evidences of it
   b. But to show it to be truly a unique book ("different from all
      others; having no like or equal")
   c. That it's uniqueness is reason alone for everyone to read the Bible

2. Of course, I personally believe that what has made it so unique is...
   a. Its origin - it comes from the mind of the One True God
   b. Its process of revelation - it came by the work of the Holy
      Spirit, who guided the many writers and made their works harmonious
   c. Its central message - that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of
      God who is the only Lord and Savior of mankind

3. Because of its uniqueness, I believe it may be rightly stated:

   "If you are an intelligent person, you will read the one book
   that has drawn more attention than any other, IF you are searching
   for the truth." - Quoted by Josh McDowell

In my own search for truth, I have read through the Bible many times and
continue to read it daily.  Are you searching for the truth?  Do you
read the Bible?

In our next study, I will offer reasons "Why I Believe The Bible"...

Note:   Much of the material for this lesson was taken from "Evidence
That Demands A Verdict", Vol. 1, by Josh McDowell.

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

Noah's Ark—A Flawless Floater by Kyle Butt, M.A.


Noah's Ark—A Flawless Floater

by  Kyle Butt, M.A.

In Genesis 6:15, God instructed Noah to build an ark that was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. This is a ratio of 30 to 5 to 3 (length to breadth to height). Until about 1858, the ark was the largest floating ship ever created. In terms that we understand better, the ark was about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. In 1844, a man named Isambard K. Brunnel built his giant ship, the Great Britain. He used almost the exact ratio of the ark—30:5:3. As it turns out, these dimensions are the perfect ratio for a huge boat built for seaworthiness and not for speed. Obviously the ark was not built for speed, since it had nowhere to go! What is more, shipbuilders during World War II used approximately the same ratio to build a ship known as the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien (one of a group of ships known as the Liberty Ships, which were referred to as “the ugly ducklings”)—a barge-like boat built to carry tremendous amounts of cargo, just like the ark. How did Noah know the perfect seagoing ratio to use in building the ark? Brunnel and others like him had many generations of shipbuilding knowledge to use, but Noah’s literally was the first of its kind. Where did he get such information? From the Master Builder!