“The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.” — Psalm 119:72
Bill Russell was a Hall of Fame basketball player for the Boston Celtics, and also a great TV commentator for NBA games for many years. His analysis helped many people who never played basketball understand the intricacies of the game. Russell’s defensive prowess is legendary and many people have picked his brain through the years to improve and gain a competitive edge. He is a national treasure of information, even though he died more than a year ago. His astute observations are like great hidden treasures found at the bottom of the sea by those blessed to hear him.
The Holy Bible is like a hidden treasure until we open and read it. If we start in Genesis and read to Revelation, we’ll read 66 books written by about 40 authors with one main theme of redeeming human beings. The sinful choice of Adam and Eve forced them to leave paradise, but Christ came to restore what was lost by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. When we read the Bible, we read about God bringing people out of darkness into the Light.
Psalmists speak about the Bible being more valuable than silver or gold. Some scriptures are described as law or commands, and are always for our good according to God’s perfect wisdom. “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (Psalm 119:72). The prophet Jeremiah tells us that the Word of God is food for our soul and spiritual nourishment now and forever. “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty” (Jeremiah 15:16).
Many believers throughout the ages testify to the truthfulness of Scripture and many prophecies have been fulfilled with complete accuracy, including the virgin birth, the place of Christ’s birth, the crucifixion and resurrection, to name a few. Every word is confirmed as God’s Word for us, and Peter urged us to read the Bible often so that we may grow spiritually day by day: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3).
We would be considered fools to ignore a great treasure box sitting in front of us with the potential to change our lives. And the same goes for the Bible — though it is guaranteed to change our lives.
— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia
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