December 31, 2017

Matthew 4:4

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

But he answered, “It is written,

‘One does not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

How To Start The New Year.

C. H. Spurgeon once said, "Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the 
book widens and deepens with our years." Why not make it your New 
Year's resolution to walk through the Bible. And why not invite one or 
two friends to read along with you! [Your Daily Walk SB] 

   One of the most exciting aspects of Christian truth is that 
it is inexhaustible. One can never come to the end of it. No matter 
how long we may have been in the faith, no matter how much theology 
we may master, we can never come to the end of what God has 
revealed in Christ and in the Bible. Jesus spoke to this fact in His 
parable of the householder (v.52). 
   The key to understanding this parable is the question Jesus 
asked His followers: "Have you understood all these things?" (v. 51). 
"These things" refers to the series of parables on the kingdom that He 
had just told (vv. 1-50). Amazingly, the disciples answered yes. 
Apparently they thought they had absorbed everything Jesus had to say. 
   But how could they? They could not possibly perceive the vast 
implications of these stories for day-to-day life, let alone the theological 
issues involved in a doctrine as complex as the kingdom. Theologians 
still debate these matters. 
   Jesus recognized that the disciples were claiming more 
insight than they actually possessed. So He gave them the parable of the 
householder to characterize the situation. Householders were what we would 
call heads of households, persons with authority over what went on in 
a given home. 
   If one were to visit the home, the master of the house might 
bring out some of the treasures of the home to delight and impress his 
guest. He might bring out something old - perhaps one of the family 
heirlooms - or something new - maybe a recent purchase. 
   Jesus likened His disciples to heads of the family in 
possession of His truth. Over the years they would tell people about the 
"old treasures" - the basics of the gospel - and about "new 
treasures" - the way in which His teaching applied to new situations. 
   In effect, they would be like "scriber[s] instructed 
concerning the kingdom of heaven" (v. 52). Scribes were a learned class of 
scholars who studied the Scriptures and served as copyists, editors, and 
teachers. They occupied a prestigious position, as only ordained teachers 
could transmit and create religious tradition. Just as the Jewish 
scribes studied the Law, recalling old truths recognized for centuries 
as well as "new" truths that applied Scripture to the demands of 
new situations, so the disciples were storing up Jesus' teaching and 
- someday - would repeat it to others, write it down, and teach 
from it, passing on "things new and old." 
   Today we possess the written record of these treasures. But 
like Jesus' first disciples, we can find both old and new. As we 
confront situations, we can look back to the "old" truths, the 
fundamental things that never change, and we can also discern how to apply 
biblical truth to new issues in ways that are fresh and alive. [Word In 
Life SB re Mat. 15:32] 

The Word of God is a constant and continuing source of joy for 
the Christian.  I don't think I've ever met a joyless Christian who 
was regularly employed in searching the Scriptures.  The result of 
such searching is to see beyond the words of the One who inspired 
them.  Of all the habits the Christian can cultivate, this is one of 
the most blessed and profitable.  Some books are exhausting and 
exhaustible.  The Bible is the only Book that rewards the student with 
increasing insight as he allows the Word of God to flow through and cleanse 
him.  Indeed, it is the only Book that can cleanse and purify the 
life of its reader.  Other books can inform, but only the Scripture 
can transform, infill, and inspire. Al Bryant [Time with God SB] 

   George muller, after having read the Bible through one 
hundred times with increasing delight, made this statement: "I look upon 
it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of 
God.  Friends often say, 'I have so much to do, so many people to 
see, I cannot find time for Scripture study.'  Perhaps there are not 
many who have more to do than I.  For more than half a century I have 
never known one day when I had not more business than I could get 
through.  For 4 years I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most 
of these have passed through my own hands. 
   "Then, as pastor of a church with 1,200 believers, great has 
been my care.  Besides, I have had charge of live immense orphanages; 
also, at my publishing depot, the printing and circulating of millions 
of tracts, books, and Bibles; but I have always made it a rule 
never to begin work until I have had a good season with God and His 
Word.  The blessing I have received has been wonderful." 
   Do you want to know how to meet the problems of the day?  Do 
you want to know what God wants you to do with your life?  Then you 
must pray and consult His wonderful guide book, the Bible, every 
day. 
   If we are too busy to read God's Word daily, then one thing 
is sure - we are too busy! by H.G.B. 

Every day I have the honor of sitting down with a book that 
contains the words of the One who created me. Every day I have the 
opportunity to let him give me a thought or two on how to live. If I don't 
do what he says, he doesn't burn the book or cancel my 
subscription. If I disagree with what he says, lightning doesn't split my 
swivel chair or an angel doesn't mark my name off the holy list. If I 
don't understand what he says, he doesn't call me a dummy. In fact, he 
calls me "Son," and on a different page explains what I don't 
understand. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado [Inspirational SB] 

"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can 
build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are 
sanctified. Acts 20:32 (NIV)   

Read it through, pray it in, live it out, pass it on.  George 
Gritter
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