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January 16, 2015

Baptist Faith & Message: “The Scriptures” 1.16.2015

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The Scriptures

Accountability conversations between Adam Osborne and Kirk Whorton, started January 2015

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

  • Joshua 8:34;And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.

Oz:This is interesting. This is Moses’s talking to the Jewish people. Notice that it says the blessings and the cursings.

Kirk: Joshua 8:34 – Yes, I too saw the word curses, but also how ALL the law was read, not just enough for Joshua to get his (God’s) point across to His people. All of his word is important. I expressed this very idea during ABF this past Sunday when our scripture passage included a list of genealogies. I have been guilty of skimming through these sort of passages in the past but will not make that mistake again. I believe we get something out of seeing the line of David, and in this past Sunday’s case, the line of priests back to Aaron.

  • Psalms 19:7-10; 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, endurin for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.[adam.osborne] 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Oz: converting the soul. So, for the predestination people, what are they saying about this scripture? To me the Scripture says that if you read the Bible it will help convert your soul. So what about Calvinism? I see the words like wisdom, rejoice, pure, Gold which indicates treasure.

Deuteronomy 17:19 states kings should write a copy of the law and read it all the days of their lives. Though written to explain to the Jewish people what the king they select should do, it is great verse for all of us as a reminder.

  • Psalms 119:11. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Oz: this is what I need to do.

  • Psalms 119:8. 8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

Oz: kind of sounds like David is asking God that since he is reading the Word, will God not forsake him.

  • Psalms 119:105. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Oz: good visualization. Light for a dark world. A way to direct us in our path of life.

  • Psalms 119:140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

Oz: Cool. Notice that he calls parts of the Word as promises. Think about how cool that is, since his promises will never be broken. How awesome is that.

Isaiah 34:16; Search and read the scroll of the Lord: Not one of them will be missing, none will be lacking its mate, because He has ordered it by my mouth, and He will gather them by His Spirit.

Oz: Boom! Not one of them will be missing…God’s Almighty Providence! His Spirit will prevail.

  • Isaiah 40:8; The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.”

Oz: Well, that’s clear.

Kirk: Isaiah 40:8 – All the proof we need is that His word endures even today as fallen man continues to wither away like the grass and flowers.

  • Jeremiah 15:16; Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Yahweh God of Hosts.

Oz: After, not before, Jeremiah ate the words they became a delight to him. Hmmm, that’s interesting. Then, delight, joy, and profession God as Yahweh!

Kirk: Jeremiah 15:16 – When I read, “When your words came, I ate them”, I immediately thought of “Man does not live on bread alone”.

  • Jeremiah 36:1-32; 36 In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 Take a scroll, and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah, and all the nations from the time I first spoke to you during Josiah’s reign until today.

Oz: So it was an event written as it happened. No problem with memory or translation here

    3 Perhaps when the house of Judah hears about all the disaster I am planning to bring on them, each one of them will turn from his evil way. Then I will forgive their wrongdoing and their sin.

Oz: God uses the word Perhaps”…. I’m always confused with this kind of verbage…..God knows if they will, or if they won’t. I’m sure that biblical scholors will say something like God did not want to reveal the truth so that the house of Israel would be accountable for their own actions.

  • 4 So Jeremiah summoned Baruch son of Neriah. At Jeremiah’s dictation, Baruch wrote on a scroll all the words the Lord had spoken to Jeremiah. 5 Then Jeremiah commanded Baruch, “I am restricted; i I cannot enter the temple of the Lord, 6 so you must go and read from the scroll—which you wrote at my dictation j—the words of the Lord in the hearing of the people at the temple of the Lord on a day of fasting. You must also read them in the hearing of all the Judeans who are coming from their cities.

Oz: Ok, Jeremiah wants EVERYONE to hear it….as a warning to all.

  • 7 Perhaps their petition will come before the Lord, and each one will turn from his evil way, for the anger and fury that the Lord has pronounced against this people are great.” 8 So Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet had commanded him. At the Lord’s temple he read the Lord’s words from the scroll.

Baruch Reads the Scroll

  • 9 In the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, l all the people of Jerusalem and all those coming in from Judah’s cities into Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the Lord.

Oz: sounds like they are repenting.

  • 10 Then at the Lord’s temple, in the chamber of Gemariah son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper courtyard at the opening of the New Gate of the Lord’s temple, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read Jeremiah’s words from the scroll. 11 When Micaiah son of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the Lord from the scroll, 12 he went down to the scribe’s chamber in the king’s palace. All the officials were sitting there—Elishama the scribe, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, p Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials. 13 Micaiah reported to them all the words he had heard when Baruch read from the scroll in the hearing of the people. 14 Then all the officials sent word to Baruch through Jehudi son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah, son of Cushi, saying, “Bring the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come.” So Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll and went to them. 15 They said to him, “Sit down and read it in our hearing.” So Baruch read it in their hearing.
  • 16 When they had heard all the words, they turned to each other in fear and said to Baruch, “We must surely tell the king all these things.” 17 Then they asked Baruch, “Tell us—how did you write all these words? At his dictation?”

Oz: Fear. OK, good reaction I would think!

  • 18 Baruch said to them, “At his dictation. He recited all these words to me while I was writing on the scroll in ink.”
  • Jehoiakim Burns the Scroll 19 The officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah must hide yourselves and tell no one where you are.”

Oz: This would require research….not sure why they told them to hide…probably learn further down.

  • 20 Then they came to the king at the courtyard, having deposited the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and reported everything in the hearing of the king. 21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the scribe. Jehudi then read it in the hearing of the king and all the officials who were standing by the king. 22 Since it was the ninth month, the king was sitting in his winter quarters with a fire burning in front of him. 23 As soon as Jehudi would read three or four columns, Jehoiakim would cut the scroll with a scribe’s knife and throw the columns into the blazing fire until the entire scroll was consumed by the fire in the brazier.

Oz: Oooohhhhhh, bad move Jehoiakim

  • 24 As they heard all these words, the king and all of his servants did not become terrified or tear their garments. 25 Even though Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah had urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them.

Oz: Here it comes…better get ready.

  • 26 Then the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord had hidden them.

Oz: Ok….that’s why they hid….so they would not be executed.

Jeremiah Dictates Another Scroll

  • 27 After the king had burned the scroll with the words Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation, v the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 28 “Take another scroll, and once again write on it the very words that were on the original scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah burned.

Oz: The Lord is patient and kind….but not always….depends I guess

  • 29 You are to proclaim concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: This is what the Lord says: You have burned the scroll, saying, ‘Why have you written on it: The king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land and cause it to be without man or beast?’ 30 Therefore, this is what the Lord says concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on David’s throne, and his corpse will be thrown out to be exposed to the heat of day and the frost of night. 31 I will punish him, his descendants, and his officers for their wrongdoing. I will bring on them, on the residents of Jerusalem, and on the men of Judah all the disaster, which I warned them about but they did not listen.”

Oz: Ok….even his descendants are punished…..the new testament tells us that God will not punish us due to our ancestral sins.

  • 32 Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch son of Neriah, the scribe, and he wrote on it at Jeremiahs dictation all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim, Judah’s king, had burned in the fire. And many other words like them were added.

Kirk: Jeremiah 36:1-32 – Deliberate refusal to hear God’s word will ultimately be our undoing and possibly those around us we love.

    Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 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. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Kirk: Matthew 5:17-18 – Simply… Christ came to fulfill the Law, not to abolish it. Matthew 22:29 – “You are in error…” Liked what my bible’s commentary said about the word “error”. In this case it refers to the idea of being deceived. First as self-deception, second as ignorance of spiritual content of scripture, and lastly as disbelief in God’s intervening power into our lives.

  • Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Oz: Try as hard as they may, ungodly people will NEVER be able to destroy the Everlasting Word of God.

  • Luke 24:44-46 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Kirk: Luke 24:44-46 – Good reminder that God must open our minds to understand His word.

  • John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Kirk: John 5:39-40 – Simply WOW! Nothing new but there’s a big difference in knowing scripture and submitting to it (God).

  • John 16:13-15 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Oz: The Indwelling Spirit within us….a great reminder that God will show us the way through this world.

  • John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Kirk: John 17:17 – His word is truth and we are sanctified by it.

  • Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel

Oz: It has been said that there are over 600 prophecies in the bible which were fulfilled. Consider the odds if it were not the absolute TRUTH, the inerrant Word of God.

  • Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Oz: Searched the scriptures daily….OUCH. Lord, help me prioritize. Let me treat your scriptures as the very breath of life!

  • 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.

Oz: There once was a time in America where an elementary school primer was verses from the bible. Now, that would be true learning, true education. Notice, all of us who lack patience and comfort…how the Word gives you COMFORT.

  • Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Oz: When Jesus came, he revealed the secrets of the Word. All of the Old Testament speaks of Him, our Lord and Savior. No longer are the Scriptures a mystery. All is revealed through Jesus our Lord.

  • 2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Oz: Well, that kind of sums up the entire thought about Scriptures doesn’t it. Is there anything in our life that cannot benefit from the Scriptures? God, in his incomprehensible wisdom knew all things from the beginning of time. He answered everything in life through His Word.

  • Hebrews 1:1-2; God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds

Oz: No more need for prophets! Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophets. He came, he died for our sins, he ascended to heaven, and he left us His Comforter, the Holy Spirit, and He left His Word. What more do we need? NOTHING!

  • Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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.

Oz: Do you want to know power, and strength, and knowledge, and wisdom? Do you want to know what God thinks? Do you want to KNOW what is truthfully right? The WORD is all you will ever need. It has it all!

  • 1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Oz: Everlasting and true. It is our guiding light!

  • 2 Peter 1:19-21 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Oz: A fitting closing for the study of the Baptist Faith & Message, Scriptures, Section 1.

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