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"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

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An Illuminated Bible

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

“Now, have any of you an illuminated Bible at home?

‘No,’ says one, ‘I have a morocco Bible; I have a marginal reference Bible.’

Ah! That is all very well, but have you an illuminated Bible?

‘Yes; I have a large family Bible with pictures in it.’ There is a picture of John the Baptist baptizing Christ by pouring water on His head and many other nonsensical things, but that is not what I mean; have you an illuminated Bible?

‘Yes; I have a Bible with splendid engravings in it.’

Yes; I know you may have, but have you and illuminated Bible?

‘I don’t understand what you mean by an illuminated Bible.’

Well, it is the Christian man who has an illuminated Bible. He does not buy it illuminated originally, but when he reads it

A glory guilds the sacred page,

Magestic like the sun;

Which gives a light to every age —

It gives, but borrows none.

There is nothing like reading an illuminated Bible, beloved. You may read to all eternity, and never learn anything by it, unless it is illuminated by the Spirit; and then the words shine forth like stars. The book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond. Oh! It is a blessed thing to read an illuminated Bible lit up by the radiance of the Holy Ghost. Hast you read the Bible and studied it, my brother, and yet have thine eyes been unenlightened? Go and say, ‘O Lord, gild the Bible for me. I want an expounded Bible. Illuminate it; shine upon it; for I cannot read it to profit, unless you enlightenest me.’”  — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The Honor of Holding God’s Word

Do you understand what a privileged it is to hold a copy of God’s Word in our hands? Do we comprehend the inestimable value of reading and studying God’s Word?

By its own testimony this Book is composed of the very out-breathed words of God Himself (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is milk for the immature to grow on (1 Pet. 2:2). It is meat for the hungry to grow into maturity on (Heb. 5:14). It is a hammer to shatter the resistance of our self-will (Jer. 23:29b). It is a fire to consume all that is not worthy of our Master (Jer. 23:29a). It is a double-edged sword that lays bear the deepest recesses of our thoughts and motives (Heb. 4:12). It is a lamp to guide our way (Psa. 119:105) and water to quench our thirst along the journey (Eph. 5:26). This book is truth in a world of deception (2 Tim. 2:15). It is life in a world obsessed with death (John 5:24). It is light for a world groping in the darkness (Psa. 119:130). It is a warning to those who will hear (Psa. 19:11).

Many hands have tried to destroy the Bible. Many minds have tried to out-think the God’s Word. Many skeptics have attempted to explain away the Scriptures. Yet the Scripture cannot be broken (John 10:35). It will never pass away (Psa. 19:9). It will stand true and endure long after you and I are gone from this planet (Isa. 40:6-8).

Scripture is the plumb-line of righteousness and truth (Amos 7:7-8). It came from the heart of God (2 Pet. 1:21). It lays bare what cannot be seen in any other way (Heb. 4:13). It shines into parts of our being where nothing else can reach (Heb. 4:12).

The Scripture is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true. It revives the soul, makes wise the simple, rejoices the heart, gives light to the eyes, and endures forever (Psa. 19:7-9). “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb” (v.10).

The prophet Amos warned that “days are coming . . . when I will send a famine on the land– not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). It seems that day has come. But may it never be true in the circle of our fellowship!

May we drink deeply while we can. May we take stock while we have opportunity to see. May we walk in the light while we have the light. May we grow strong while there is yet food for our souls.



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