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Christ in all the Books of History

THE BIBLE:  Its Character   

May I impress upon your heart that the book you hold in your hands is unlike any other in the Universe? And with that truth deeply upon our hearts, in the days ahead, shouldn’t we treat it differently, read it diligently, wait before it expectantly and from it learn to live triumphantly?  There are three reasons why I believe the Bible is truly like no other book anywhere: Because The Bible is Unique; Because The Bible is Powerful; Because The Bible is Divine. Tonight we are going to examine these three components of the Bible’s Character, that make the Bible so precious.

A.               The Bible is Unique  There is no other book like the Bible: The Bible contains...[1]  3,566,480 letters; 810,697 words; 31,175 verses; 1,189 chapters  and 66 books.  It is, therefore, a “divine library,” and demands not only spiritual illumination, but also the practical application of reverent and diligent study methods in order to master its diversified subjects, as well as its unified message.  There was no other book written like the Bible.

B.               IT IS UNIQUE IN ITS CONTINUITY[2] Here is a book:

1.                Written over a 1600 year span.

2.                Written over 60 generations.

3.                Written by 40 plus authors from every walk of the life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc.

a)                Moses, a political leader, trained in the universities of Egypt

b)                Peter, a fisherman

c)                Amos, a herdsman

d)                Joshua, a military general

e)                Nehemiah, a cupbearer

f)                  Daniel, a prime minister

g)                Luke, a doctor

h)                Solomon, a king

i)                   Matthew, a tax collector

j)                   Paul, a Rabbi

4.                Written 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 on the Isle of Patmos

g)                Others in the rigors of a military campaign

5.                Written at different times:

a)                David in times of war

b)                Solomon in times of peace

6.                Written during different moods: Some writing from the heights of joy and others writing from the depths of sorrow and despair.

7.                Written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe

8.                Written in three languages:

a)                Hebrew:  Was the language of the Old Testament.

(1)             In II Kings 18:26-28 called “the language of Judah.”

(2)             In Isaiah 19:18 called “the language of Canaan.”

b)                Aramaic:  Was the “lingua franca” of the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great (6th century B.C.-4th century B.C.)  14/218

c)                Greek:  New Testament language.  Was the international language at the time of Christ.

9.                There are 66 books:

a)                39 in the Old Testament with 939 chapters and 8,674 different Hebrew words,

b)                27 in the new with 250 chapters and 5,624 different Greek words,

c)                This translates into just over 6,000 different English words.

d)                No less than 2,930 people are mentioned

C.               The Bible is Powerful, so there are Seven Reasons to Study God's Word. They are because it is a (JB):

1.                REVEALER -- It discovers and convicts us of sin in our lives   John 16:7-10 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; (KJV)

2.                REMOVER -- Through it God's Spirit cleanses us from sin    John 17:17     Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (KJV)

3.                RESTORER -- It imparts strength to our spiritual man   Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. (KJV)

4.                REMINDER -- It instructs us in going God's way   Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (KJV)

5.                RESISTOR -- It provides us a sword for victory over sin and  temptations Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV)

6.                REFINER -- It shapes us into a life that glorifies Him   1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (KJV)

7.                REVIVER -- It drives us to prayerful dependence   Psalm 119:25 My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. (KJV)   John 15:7-8 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV)

D.               The Bible is Divine  There are many Books in the Bible that reveal truths about our beautiful Lord Jesus. But there is only one that has as its theme and central purpose to unveil and reveal JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. Note Revelation 19:10, John 5:39 and Luke 24:27.

  THE SCRIPTURES: Christ  Centered

Last time we look at the The Character of the Scriptures. We found they were Unique, Powerful, and Divine.  This week we want to see how Centered the Scriptures are upon Christ. Next time we hope to start on The Content of the Scriptures.

E.               Each book of the Bible reveal some truths about our beautiful Lord Jesus. And, there is one that has as its theme and central purpose to unveil and reveal JESUS CHRIST THE LORD. To see the central theme of Christ in all the Scriptures look at these verses:  Revelation 19:10, John 5:39 and Luke 24:27.

F.                Because the Bible is Divine, and speaks of Christ in every book, He is our Source of:

1.                SANCTIFYING TRUTH: John 17:17     Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (KJV)

2.                PERSONAL HAPPINESS: Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. (KJV)

3.                SPIRITUAL GROWTH: 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (KJV)

4.                DIVINE POWER: Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)

5.                SUPERNATURAL GUIDANCE: Psalm 119:105     NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (KJV)

6.                ABSOLUTE COMFORT: Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (KJV)

7.                BIBLICAL MATURITY (Completeness): 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)

8.                DAILY VICTORY: Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (KJV)

G.              A SURVEY OF CHRIST  IN ALL THE SCRIPTURES

1.                In GENESIS He is Creating the Universe. The Scriptures are the only reliable source of information on the origin and purpose of: universe, man, sin, nations, covenant and curse.  Key Word = GENERATIONS [used 10x in book as outline].

2.                In EXODUS He is Delivering His People. He is the Way out: of Egypt, of sin, of Earth. Key Word = DELIVERANCE.

3.                In LEVITICUS He opens the Approach to a Holy God, Who is present with His people[1:3 before the Lord 60x in book]; Who demands holiness in His people [11:44; 19:2; 20:7]. Key Word = HOLINESS occurs 93x in the book.

4.                In NUMBERS He is the Faithful One Dealing with His Unfaithful People. Key Word = CHASTENING

5.                In  DEUTERONOMY He is Seeking Loyalty from His chosen people as their PROMISE KEEPER. Key Word = COVENANT which occurs 27x.

6.                In  JOSHUA He is Commander of the Lord’s Army, Leading His People in Conquest. Key Idea = OBEDIENCE.

7.                In JUDGES He is Chastening His wayward people who follow seven specific sin-salvation cycles though this book. Key Idea = DISOBEDIENCE

8.                In RUTH He is Kinsman to His needy people. Key Word = LOYALTY

9.                In I SAMUEL - II CHRONICLES He is the Perfect King. IN Samuel God Seeks for a Man; In Kings God Sees All; in Chronicles God Saves, Preserves, Rewards His Own. Key Words = EYES OF THE LORD used 13x.

10.           In EZRA He is our Peg in the Holy Place. Key Word = RETURNING

11.           In NEHEMIAH He is our Sure Foundation. Key Word = RESTORING.

12.           In ESTHER He is our Unseen Defender. Key Word = PROTECTING.

13.           In JOB He is our Sure Redeemer. This book of the five Wisdom books gives  a Theology of SUFFERING.

14.           In PSALMS He is our Shepherd. This book of the five Wisdom books gives  a Theology of WORSHIP.

15.           In PROVERBS He is Wisdom Incarnate. This book of the five Wisdom books gives  a Theology of LIVING (principles not promises).

16.           In ECCLESIASTES He is the only hope of contentment. This book of the five Wisdom books gives  a Theology of LIFE.

17.           In SONG OF SOLOMON He is our Beloved. This book of the five Wisdom books gives  a Theology of LOVING.

18.           In ISAIAH He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God and Prince of Peace. Key Word = HOPE.

19.           In JEREMIAH He weeps over His wayward people Key Word = JUDGMENT.

20.           In LAMENTATIONS He offers Mercies new every morning, even in hopeless situations Key Word = FAITHFUL.

21.           In EZEKIEL He is the Holiness to our God. Key Word = GLORY occurs 21x in this book. God’s Glory departs in 11:23 and returns in 43:2.

22.           In DANIEL He is the Most High [ 12x in book] Who Reigns. Key Word = RULE, see 4:17, 25-26, 32; 5:21.

23.           In HOSEA He is our Pure and Patient Husband. Key Word = FORGIVING

24.           In JOEL He restores our locust years. Key Idea = DAY OF THE LORD

25.           In AMOS He turns the darkness to morning. Key Idea = INESCAPABLE JUDGMENT

26.           In OBADIAH He is our confidence. Key Idea = FOOLISH PRIDE

27.           In JONAH He is the loving God who prepares our way [1:4, 17; 2:10; 4:6-8] and gives second chances Key Idea = APPOINTMENTS OF GOD.

28.           In MICAH He is the one from Everlasting who demands we walk humbly [6:8], and pardons us [7:18-19]. Key Idea = DIVINE REQUIREMENTS

29.           In NAHUM He judges those who forget Him [3:5]. Key Word = DISASTER

30.           In HABAKKUK He is the One we cling to [3:16-19], by faith [2:4]. Key Word = HOPE

31.           In ZEPHANIAH He is calling for National repentance [2:2-3]. Key Word = REVIVAL

32.           In HAGGAI He is calling for personal rededication [1:5,7]. Key Word = PRIORITIES

33.           In ZECHARIAH He is Reminding of His Future Plans  [12:10] Key Word = RETURN

34.           In MALACHI He is calling for Personal Repentance [1:2,6,7,13] Key Word = EXAMINATION


[1] John Phillips, Exploring the Bible, p. 7.

[2] Josh MacDowell, Evidence, p. 18.

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