Some of the preacher friends of mine realize something that God has never done. He has never tried to prove He exists. Most that want to put out a belief or thought or plan, attempt to give their bonafides, the reasons that they should be believed. They may roll out a string of alphabet as proof of their intelligence. Others make flat statements without proof of any kind and use ridicule to put down any objection. God simply says, “In the beginning…”. He does not have to prove He is, Simply, He is. I like that. That is my God. I don’t attempt to prove He is, He has written His name on creation. His song is sung by the Birds. What He has created declares He is.
I BELIEVE GOD
Why I believe the Bible is the Word of God? I have read the Bible since I was six years old. I am now seventy years old. For the last 30 years, I have given special attention to the lineage of the Bible. I have read promises and prophecies. I have seen where prophecy has been fulfilled. I believe that when God gives a promise or a prophecy, I believe Him. Deuteronomy 12 gives a promise and prophecy that has been fulfilled. It will be completed in thousand year reign.
Verse 28 says “… observe and hear all these words…” Deuteronomy 11:18 says ‘therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.”
My God says to remember my words to ancient Israel. he did not say to make a decision upon what words you want to believe. He did not leave Israel with a group of words that they could choose from. He left them with precise instructions. I believe the very Word of God and not those that without investigation, deride the Word of God and say it was simply written by man. My God keeps His Word.
I BELIEVE GOD’S WORD
And Jesus answered Him saying, it is written, That man shall not live by bread alone; but by every Word of God. – Luke 4:4
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my Words shall not pass away. – Luke 21:33
God has made several statements about His Word. To David, God had made a promise and when Solomon ascended to the throne, He asked God to do something for Him –
“1Ki_8:26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.”
God continues to verify His Word to us.
Psalm 119:9 says “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
If God gave an uncertain word, could a young man be cleansed according to God’s Word. An understanding of the responsibility of parents to teach their children the Word of God. Truly to memorize the Word of God. Also we need to understand the place and position and the responsibility of the scribe. These are not illiterate men.
Let us run back to the garden for a moment. When God created Adam, he did not create a baby or infant. He created a mature man. I believe that Adam had the intelligence that we have today. Adam named every animal that God had created. His vocabulary was great enough to name them all. We struggle to think of the names that have already been given to them. The idea of cavemen is a dream that man has advanced from a knuckle dragging, illiterate that attempts to make us a superior specimen. This does away with God and a seven day creation.
These scribes have rules that guided them in copying the Word of God that we call the Old Testament. They were required to have the same number of letters in each line as the original from which they were copying. They were required to have the same number of words in each line. When they were done copying the page, another person came and checked the word and counted letters and words. If mistakes were made, they had to destroy the page.
Notice the interplay of statements in the following passages.
Psalm 119:9 “BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psa_119:41 VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
Psa_119:58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
Psa_119:65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.Psa_119:76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Here is the problem, if it is “according to thy Word, that Word had to be established and unchanging. Can you imagine someone walking up to God and saying I have done all things according to your word, and God responding, “that is not what I said.” God’s Word has to be established and never changing. Oh, wait, it is. It is established and never changes.
Psa_119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy wordis settled in heaven.
If God’s word were not established and never changing, then we would have an uncertain God that would not be trust worthy. We can depend upon the truth of God’s Word. Psa_119:160Thy wordis true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Endureth forever. This is not the modern day statement. Today the culture dictates that men have to judge which words are God’s and which ones are not God’s. Yet the responsibility does not fall upon scholars to tell us what is God’s Word. The reason is, I will stand before God and give an answer, no scholar will answer for me. I will answer for my self. His Word endureth forever because –
Psa_119:140Thy wordis very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
God’s words are pure and therefore when we find it we should embrace it and hold it close.
Understanding the Word
Our understanding should come from the Word of God.
Psa_119:169 TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
We are told to study the word and not trust our own understanding.
Pro_3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean notunto thine own understanding.
Have you heard that God has exalted His Word above His Name? Yes that is true.
Psa_138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy wordabove all thy name.
Do you know what that means? It means, we better get it right. We honor God and Jesus and their names. Consider these words of John.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,.
Consider the implication of this passage of scripture. You declare that any version of the Word is fine, this is being said about Jesus Christ and we are manipulating the very Son of God.
There are many today that try to destroy God and His Word. A declaration that God does not exist does not cause God to go away or diminish.
Psalm 14:1 states, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The evidence of the handy work of God is all around us. Where is the proof there is no God? The evolution theories of how earth and animals and men came about have never been proved. When man “thinks” he has it figured out, then a flaw to “rational thinking” shows the impossibility and therefore another “theory” has to be brought into play.
Since there is a God that has created all things, He must have a desire to communicate to man. Leviticus 1:1,2 reveals that God used Moses as His spokesman to the children of Israel. Jeremiah 1:4 tells us that God sent His Word to Jeremiah and Jeremiah 1:5 reveals to us that God said to Jeremiah – “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. We find Revelation 1:1 where John makes the undisputed claim that God’s word was given to Him.
God wants to communicate His Words to us and He does not want His Word changed at the whim of man therefore God gave this warning. Moses, the first writer of the Bible gave a warning in:
Deuteronomy 12:32 – What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
God makes sure that this warning can not be misconstrued to only apply to the Old Testament by adding a warning in the book of
Revelation chapter 22 verses 18 and 19 – For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Oh yes, just in case this did not register with some people, he made this statement in
Proverbs 30:5,6 – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
God didn’t stop there The first book of the New Testament, Matthew records a very important message for those that think God’s Word would be lost with the passage of time.
Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
What this should mean to us is very simple. Be sure you know what the scripture says. Don’t twist it, change it or take it out of context.
THE KEEPER OF THE WORD.
The promise has been made that the Word is forever settled in heaven.
Psa_119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
If God’s word were not established and never changing, then we would have an uncertain God that would not be trust worthy. We can depend upon the truth of God’s Word. I truly believe that God’s Word is settled here on earth also. To make it simple, when God gives His Word, to us it is permanent. His inspired Word is preserved. He does not want us to wonder about where His Word is, or what His Word is, He simply makes His Word available and we are to find His true Word. We preachers preach about Satan imitating God’s Church. Satan has done everything to imitate the work and Word of God. God’s Word has not passed away as previously stated. Who is responsible for keeping the true Word of God? God and those he gives that responsibility.
THE KEEPERS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
God had His chosen people to write and keep the authenticity of the Old Testament. These were men of God who wrote the words that God gave them to write. The accepted text is called the “Masoretic text.” The Masorites were rabbis who made it their special work to copy the Old Testament. They separated the apocryphal from the canonical books, Several editions exist and vary a lot. The received and authoritative text is that of Jacob ben-chayim ibn Adonijah. Two other important textual evidences bolster the confidence of textual critics that it is accurate. The discoveries of manuscripts at Qumran by the Dead sea in 1947. These portions of manuscripts agree with the Jacob ben-chayim ibn Adonijah Masorete text. There is also the comparison of the Masoretic text to the Greek translation called the Septuagint, which was written around 200-150 B.C. The consistency of agreement between the Masoretic Text and the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls assure us that God divinely and sovereignly protects His Word through thousands of years of copying and translating. If your version has in the Book of Daniel chapter 3 and verse 25 the last part of that verse saying, “…and the form of the fourth is like the sons of gods.”, you have the wrong version. That verse should say,”..and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Some evil translator has taken that verse from Divine to devilish.
I have layed out here an introduction to the reasons that I believe the King James Bible is the inspired Word of God. There is so much more that I will eventually put together. I do believe that Satan is trying to destroy confidence in the Word of God by putting out versions that confuse people and destroy the faith in God’s Word.