What Exactly Is The Bible?

We continue our Stamp Out Bible Illiteracy Gently (SOBIG) campaign here on GUWG.

Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. We then went through a slew of ways to get more Bible into your .

Next we’ll address a seemingly basic question: What exactly is the Bible?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books written over a 1,600-year period by 40 authors in 3 languages on 3 continents depicting nearly 3,000 characters in more than 1,500 locations through which God is revealed via a variety of prose, poetry and prophecy.

Why on earth would any sane, normal, modern person spend any time with a book like that? As we discussed last week, here’s what the Bible itself says:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Here’s a greatest hits collection of other verses on this topic from all over the Bible. Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate each and every word deeeeeep in your soul.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105)

The Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  (Proverbs 2:6)

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

More to come tomorrow.

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