The Purpose of the Bible

Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.  It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which i purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from the evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Jeremiah 36:2-3

In these verses, God is telling the prophet Jeremiah what He wants him to do.  As I was reading these verses, a thought struck me: these verses describe one of the main purposes of the entire Bible.  They specifically deal with the “house of Judah,” but we will make application to the entire Bible, and not just the immediate text of Jeremiah. 

Notice that God told Jeremiah to write these things in a book.  When things are written in a book, there is little room for debate.  When things are spoken, there is often room for exaggeration and error, as evidenced by any gossip you may come across.  But when something is written down, it is sure.  II Peter 1:19 tells us that we have a “more sure word of prophecy.”  That “more sure word” is the Bible.  The Bible is the only perfect book in the world because it is the only book in the world given by God Himself.  It is written down in a book.

Also, notice the purpose of this book: “It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from the evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”  It is the Bible that tells us how we can know Him.  It is the Bible that purifies us.  It keeps us walking with Him.  It keeps us from sin.  When we do sin, it keeps us from despair, as it tells us not only that He will forgive us, but it tells us how to obtain that forgiveness.  Everything that we need is in that Book!

I am so thankful that I have a Bible.  As the children’s song says: “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me!  I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben.

    “Everything that we need is in that Book!”

    Some basic truths are not that easy to grasp … 🙂 Thanks for the reminders.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. I am so thankful that I have a bible too. I remember trying to read it before I knew Jesus. I just couldn’t do it, couldn’t get very far. But then after I came to Him, it became the most wonderful place to be with Him . . .in His word! God bless you, Ben, and your time in the bible!

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