Anthony Netti, Arizona
These two words are found linked together in Hebrews 10:7. "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do thy will, 0 God" (Hebrews 10:7). The word "Book" is translated from the Greek work Biblion, a scroll or small book (Vine). No doubt it may have been a scroll, but we refer to it as a book as recorded in our Bible.
Notice that it just says, "the Book." I believe that this speaks to us so clearly that the Book needs no title! Why? The book stands alone. No other can be compared with it. It stands unique and superior to all other books that have ever been written. This Book identifies itself. It is God speaking directly to us. It tells us of the eternal Son of God who is the theme of the Book, "it is written of Me." No other book speaks so clearly and so accurately of our Lord Jesus Christ! It tells us vividly of Godís love and kindness towards mankind. It tells us of heaven and how we can make it our eternal home. It tells us how to have peace with God.
"It is written of Me." The two going to Emmaus heard from the Lord Himself. "Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). It is no wonder that their hearts burned within them as He unfolded blessed truth concerning Himself. The Scriptures He used were all from the Old Testament. Do we at times wish that we were walking along that road to hear our Lord take Scripture and make it plain? While we canít take a walk that those disciples did, we can still read and meditate on all Scripture to find our blessed Lord in them. The Holy Spirit will guide us and direct our thoughts as we ponder what is contained in the Book.
Why is this Book superior and unique? Can anything be written to improve upon what is written about Godís love than what is written in John 3:16? So clearly, so concisely we find that God gave us the very best in His only begotten Son. What about the love of our Lord Jesus Christ? In John 10 we read about the good Shepherd that gave His life for the sheep. What a blessed picture of a faithful Shepherd laying down His life for the sake of those that He loves. The Book unfolds truth in such vivid and delightful terms to make the facts of truth more precious to us.
Notice how carefully the Lord was concerning the use of Scripture. He faithfully obeyed what was taught in the Book at all times. His mission was to see the prophecies of the Book fulfilled. In speaking to Peter in Matthew 26, He says, "But how shall the Scripture be fulfilled?" In John 19 we learn that He said, "I thirst" that the Scripture might be fulfilled. He gave up His spirit before the soldiers came to break His legs so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, "a bone of Him shall not be broken." Again, another Scripture says "They shall look on Him whom they pierced." And at Calvary, He was careful to fulfill the law which said to "Honor thy mother and father." He said to John, "Behold thy mother" and John took her unto his own home.
Do we obey every Scripture? Do we search the Scriptures to ensure that our lives are conforming to what is written in the Book?
1. The early church "Received the Word with all readiness of mind and searched the Scriptures daily" (Acts 17:11).
2. "For the Scripture saith..." (Romans 10:11).
3. "What saith the Scriptures?" (Galatians 4:30).
4. "According to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 3:4).
What happens when reading and meditating on the Scripture is neglected? The Lord provides an answer in Matthew 22, "Do ye not therefore err because ye know not the Scriptures." Our desire should be to study and meditate daily on what the Book says, then our lives will be conformed to the Scriptures and we will become more like our blessed Lord and Saviour. We should live our lives based on what the Book says and not by what others say. It is love that motivates us to be like Him, to honor Him.
If you donít know where to begin, here are some suggestions. Look up what the Book says about the glories of our Lord Jesus, His obedience, His words, His ways with mankind, His love, His righteousness, etc. You will find that your heart will be cheered, your appreciation will grow and your worship will be richer. Read the Book!