Bible is always relevant
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One of the great pleasures I enjoy is reading the Bible with my children.
Three of our four children can read; the other is relatively young, but learning. My two sons basically honed their reading skills with our almost-daily Bible readings. They cut their teeth on the King James Bible.
Some people say it’s difficult to comprehend the old English of the King James. I have found that not to be the case.
My boys had no problem picking it up when they were 6 or 7 years old. Now, it is common to them.
Perhaps it could be likened to learning to drive a vehicle, which we will be facing with one of the boys in the next few years. I learned to drive with a stick. They say that if you pick that up first, an automatic is a breeze.
My kids have no difficulty reading and comprehending the King James Bible. Their schoolwork, in turn, is an easy read for them.
At any rate, daily Bible reading is a must for those who love the Lord. It shouldn’t turn into an obligation, but it rather should be a joy. God communicates to us through His Word.
The Bible is always relevant. It contains information regarding the beginning of time to the end of time and all the way into eternity. There’s no other book like it.
Its relevance pertains to our circumstances. In other words, it speaks to our situations on a daily basis. It covers every aspect of life.
I look forward to reading the Bible with my children. We pretty much have a set structure when we do it. The first thing we do is pray for the Holy Ghost’s guidance as we read. We ask God to enlighten our understanding and reveal how the verses we’re reading relate to other verses and to our lives.
It never ceases to amaze me at how God speaks to us.
For example, my oldest son and I read from Ephesians 6 this morning. I love how that book of the Bible starts out.
Here are the first few verses: Ephesians 1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
That gets right to the heart of the matter, doesn’t it? It was just what Jeremiah needed to hear. If he wants things to go well for him and have a long life, he’s got to obey his parents in the Lord. Perfect for that 13 year old. It’ll make him think the next time he wants to talk back to his momma.
But the next set of verses hit me square between the eyes. I’ve got to do better with this: “And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
On many occasions, we also pick out a verse to memorize. Doing that helps us to retain key Bible verses. Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to get them 100 percent. But we continue until each one of us hits the nail on the head.
I’m going to write two verses by memory here. So to prove whether I’m correct, you’re going to have to pick up the Bible and see how I stack up with these two.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Please, go check and see how I did.
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N in Alex City. Contact him at 432 266-0154.