14th November 2019

The Book They Could Not Destroy

“As the Scriptures say, ‘People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the LORD remains forever.’”
1 Peter 1:24-25 NLT)

One of the claims which the Bible makes for itself is that it can never be destroyed. The abundance of copies of the Scriptures now available is abundant proof that it has made good its claim. Jesus Christ made an amazing prophesy about this preservation of his word in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will disappear, but my word will never disappear.” Jesus believed that God’s word is indestructible. He even said that it was easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one punctuation mark to fail! (Luke 16:17).

History shows that through the centuries various people have tried to destroy the word of God. Early in the sixth century B.C., one who literally ‘destroyed’ the word of God and paid dearly for his arrogance was Jehoiakim, king of Judah. His 11-year reign was disastrous. Although he had opportunity to follow his father Josiah’s righteous example, Jehoiakim turned to evil (Jeremiah 22). Jeremiah described him as a presumptuous ruler who abused his own people as well as persecuting and murdering God’s servants. It is recorded that Jehoiakim commanded the officer to read aloud from the scroll containing God’s message to him. Each time the man read several columns, the King would cut away that part of the scroll (God’s word) with a penknife, then contemptuously toss it into the burning fire in the hearth before him. God instructed Jeremiah to prophesy that, unless they repented, King Jehoiakim and Jerusalem would fall (Jeremiah 36).

Like Jehoiakim, others have tried to destroy the word of God. And no doubt others will try in the future, but in Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) we read “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The word of God is living. Why? Because Jesus is alive!

Eternal God, we thank you for your Holy Word which leads us into all truth. Grant us the insight to correctly understand and use your words of truth. In Jesus’ name we prayer.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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