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February 20, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 3


Is the Bible Reliable?

Zechariah 11:12-13

Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver. Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.

 

Matthew 26:14-16

Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

 

Matthew 27: 3-7

Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” So they took counsel and bought with them the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.

 

Thought for Today

One of the most powerful demonstrations of the truthfulness of the Bible is found in the myriad prophecies fulfilled within its pages. In the Old Testament there are 60 major messianic prophecies and about 270 minor prophecies. These were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, yet He fulfills every single one of them. Many of those prophecies were completely out of Jesus’ control. He had no way to determine the price the Pharisees would place on His head. If He could He certainly wouldn’t have set it at the insulting price equal to that paid for a slave. However, Zechariah said it would be 30 pieces of silver. He told his audience that they would be cast on the floor of the temple and used to pay the potter. No one could know what was going to happen at that level of detail…except God. And lest you think the disciples engaged in a little revisionist history, remember that they declared the price Judas took to betray Jesus when the Pharisees were still around and they never refuted it. There was likely documentation demonstrating its use to buy the potter’s field. The evidence is overwhelming that it happened just as it was predicted. And this sort of thing happens 330 times in the Bible! Its truthfulness is clearly seen in the fulfillment of prophecy.

 

Prayer

Lord of time, I praise You for making Yourself known as You revealed what was to be over and over in Your Word. Help me to trust all that it says about Your Son’s love for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Some, who doubt that the Bible is the true Word of God, doubt it because they are unwilling to ascribe to God anything they cannot themselves achieve. ― Billy Graham

 

Quote of the Day

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
C.S. Lewis



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02-20-2019 at 9:42 AM
Erica Ciro
Thank you Heavenly Father for graciously giving us Your Word and the many pieces of evidence to support that it is Truth and that You are real. In Jesus’ name who is the Amen.
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February 19, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 2


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Psalm 19:7-8

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

 

Thought for Today

There has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation about the reliability of texts of the New Testament. Opponents have claimed that they were written in the second or even third century. They have claimed that we cannot trust the manner in which we received them. Others have said that the writers were making up the miracles and resurrection of Jesus. All of these claims have been debunked. Having closely examined all of these concerns, historian Dr. Clark Pinnock concludes, “There exists no document from the ancient world witnessed by so excellent a set of textual and historical testimonies, and offering so superb an array of historical data on which an intelligent decision may be made. An honest person cannot dismiss a source of this kind. Skepticism regarding the historical credentials of Christianity is based upon an irrational bias.” From a scholarly perspective the documents of the New Testament are accurate accounts of the events that took place regarding Jesus and the early Church. However, accurate is not the same as true. We will look at why we can believe they are true the rest of this week.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I praise You preserving and protecting the accounts of Jesus life, death and resurrection so that I can know all that He did for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible. In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it. If indeed the Bible is the Word of God, nothing could be more arrogant. It is God who corrects us; we don’t correct Him. We do not stand over God but under Him. ― R.C. Sproul

 

Quote of the Day

In real terms, the N. T. is easily the best attested ancient writing in terms of the sheer number of documents, the time span between events and the document, and the variety of documents available to sustain or contradict it. – Ravi Zacharias

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February 18, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 1


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 

Thought for Today

Many people today struggle with believing the claims of Christianity because they have been told that the Bible itself is untrustworthy. Since the beginning of the Church people have accused the followers of Jesus of playing fast and loose with the texts of Scripture. They often say they were recorded too late to be accurate, and the like. All of these challenges have been healthy for the Church, because it has forced us to be very deliberate and serious about the texts of the New Testament. This is an important conversation for us because Jesus tells us that the Word of God is as important as food to sustain us. So many people in our lives are spiritually starving and anemic because they do not know that the record of God’s words, the Bible, is trustworthy and true. This week we will strive to sharpen our ability to help them trust the Words of Life.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, guide me this week as I wrestle with Your Word. Help me to grow in confidence and my ability to help others trust its message. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for. ― Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

If you cut[John Bunyan] he'd bleed Scripture! ― Charles H. Spurgeon

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