But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:7.
God has been pleased to communicate His truth to the world by human agencies, and He Himself, by His Holy Spirit, qualified men and enabled them to do this work. He guided the mind in the selection of what to speak and what to write. The treasure was intrusted to earthen vessels, yet it is, none the less, from Heaven…. The obedient, believing child of God beholds in it [the testimony of God] the glory of a divine power, full of grace and truth.
The writers of the Bible had to express their ideas in human language. It was written by human men. These men were inspired of the Holy Spirit. Because of the imperfections of human understanding of language, or the perversity of the human mind, ingenious in evading truth, many read and understand the Bible to please themselves. It is not that the difficulty is in the Bible
The Scriptures were given to men, not in a continuous chain of unbroken utterances, but piece by piece through successive generations, as God in His providence saw a fitting opportunity to impress man at sundry times and divers places. Men wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost….
There is not always perfect order or apparent unity in the Scriptures…. The truths of the Bible are as pearls hidden. They must be searched, dug out by painstaking effort. Those who take only a surface view of the Scriptures will, with their superficial knowledge, which they think is very deep, talk of the contradictions of the Bible, and question the authority of the Scriptures. But those whose hearts are in harmony with truth and duty will search the Scriptures with a heart prepared to receive divine impressions. The illuminated soul sees a spiritual unity, one grand golden thread running through the whole, but it requires patience, thought, and prayer to trace out the precious golden thread.
Faith I Live By p. 11
—–Our church is having weekend meetings beginning tonight. Please pray for the people who come to accept the messages presented. Rose
—–Please pray for my mom she’s been sick and was in the hospital. She was moved to the rehab and nursing center, but her memory is so bad I almost wonder if they will try and keep her? As long as I can care for her at home I know that’s where she wants to be!! I’m also requesting prayers to help with my anxiety. I had been doing so well in that area, but it all hit me like a ton of bricks with mom’s condition and I’ve been pretty much knocked down with anxiety attacks for 2 days or more! Nicole
—–Anna is requesting prayer for her daughter Danielle who is needs a kidney transplant. She also and is very sick with blood in her lungs and stomach, the source of which the doctors cannot figure out.
—–I am so sorry to give this info about my sons dear friend LLOYD……he passed away a few hours ago. I can hardly believe it. Please pray for his little boy who is about 8 years old and his family which he doesn’t have much of left. Connie
In 1980, about a year after we lost everything in a fire, a certain lady started going to the church we attended. When she heard of our misfortune, she brought us a woolen blanket that had great sentimental value to her. Even though it was precious to her, she wanted us to have it. It had been woven from the wool of her brother’s own sheep. It was not dyed, but it was the strangest shade of black I’d ever seen. Her brother raised black sheep. Most wool feels prickly, but this blanket didn’t. It wasn’t soft, but it wasn’t irritating either. She loved that blanket, but she gave it to us because she knew we had need.
That blanket became very special to me because of the sacrifice that woman made. It became very special to Ronnie Jay too, because when he was old enough to sleep in a regular bed, that blanket became his. He loved that blanket and used it for many years. It was his comfort and warmth. Over the years, it began to unravel and got a few holes in it. I mended it and mended it, but in reality, it was too worn out. Still, we did not want to get rid of it because of Ronnie Jay’s attachment to it.
One day, while I was at work, Ron threw it away. Ronnie Jay was terribly upset and pleaded with his father to let him keep it. Eileen, knowing how much that wool blanket meant to her little brother rescued that blanket. She told her father of her plan. She would make him a quilt and use that blanket inside for warmth. He consented.
Eileen had never made a quilt before, but she had seen them, so she had a fairly good idea as to how they were made. She took our old clothes and cut them into pieces and sewed them together. She left pockets and zippers in the cut up pieces. Day after day she worked on that quilt whenever she had free time. This was no easy task with her vision problems, but hers was a labor of love.
Months later the quilt was completed. She gave it to Ronnie Jay for Christmas. He was thrilled when he found that he could unzip the zippers she had incorporated into the quilt and “visit” his well-loved wool blanket. He was delighted with the pockets that she had stuffed with candy and little toys. Each pocket brought a new discovery. It was truly a labor of love, and her little brother’s happiness was a great reward for all those many hours she had spent sewing it all by hand.
Our Loving Heavenly Father gives us gifts that have cost much more than that quilt ever did. He gave us His own dear Son. All Heaven was wrapped up in that Great Gift. He poured out all His Love, all His Care in His Great Sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16,17 What wonderful love! It was the greatest sacrifice He could make! But Our Great Redeemer goes even beyond that Gift. He desires to dwell with us each moment of the day. He says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20 He wants to be our constant companion. He wants us to share our good times with Him as well as our times of trial and discouragement.
And if that isn’t enough, He promises, “Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13
Beyond all these blessings, our Dear Saviour assures us, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3 Think of it! All Heaven is working toward our joining the great family above!
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Rev 21:1-7, 22:17, 20,21