Scripture Reading: Exodus 6:13-8:32 / Matthew 26:47-68 / Psalm 19:7-14
The story is told of an agnostic university professor who visited the Fiji Islands and made a critical remark to an elderly chief. He said, “You are a great leader, but it’s a pity you’ve been taken in by those foreign missionaries. They only want to get rich through you. No one believes the Bible anymore. People are tired of the threadbare story of Christ dying on a cross for the sins of mankind. They know better now. I’m sorry you’ve been so foolish as to accept their story.”
The old chief's eyes flashed as he answered, “See that great rock over there? On it we smashed the heads of our victims. Notice the furnace next to it? In that oven we formerly roasted the bodies of our enemies. If it hadn’t been for those good missionaries and the love of Jesus that changed us from cannibals into Christians, you’d never leave this place alive! You’d better thank the Lord for the Gospel; otherwise we’d already be feasting on you. If it weren’t for the Bible, you’d now be our supper!”
The world may mock, minimize and dismiss God’s Word but they can’t stop its effectiveness to powerfully change lives! Because “the law of the Lord is perfect” (Psalm 19:7), it revives the soul. The Word is complete and entire, able to speak into our lives with divine authority and discernment. It has the power to convict and transform our souls as well as provide a firm foundation of faith. It is sure, solid and trustworthy; the wise build their lives upon its truth.
His Word brings joy to our hearts and illuminates our eyes, understanding and steps. (v.9) The purity of God’s Word will never fail to give direction to the steps of a righteous man. (v.10) Through His Word we discover the power of His holiness and the frailty of our righteousness. His Word does not crush us for our sins but draws us to His redemptive and gracious throne.
David summarizes the law, testimony, precepts, commandments, judgments, promises and power of God’s Word by declaring, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (v.10) A Bible is the greatest treasure we will ever possess and brings the greatest pleasure that our hearts can ever experience.
Gold was man’s most desired and greatest treasure yet even the purest of gold could not begin to compare to the ultimate treasure of God’s Word. It is God’s great treasure map that leads us to eternal life and streets of gold! The Bible supersedes the sweetness of honey and even the potent interior drippings of the honeycomb. It satisfies our every longing and prepares us for the Great Banquet and Marriage Supper of the Lamb. God’s Word…it changes hearts, lives, eternities and cannibals!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!