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June 19, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 32-35

 

Psalm 34:20

He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

 

Fourteen Great Prophecies in the Psalms

 

Number Eight

 

Those who study such things state that the Roman form of capital punishment includes the breaking of the offender’s legs. By doing so they could not push themselves up on the cross to fill their lungs with air. Not being able to do so accelerated their death. They did not do this to Christ. John 19:33 proves it. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:. John then goes on to explain, And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. (John 19:35-36)

 

How amazing is it that about a thousand years before Christ walked on the earth, that king David prophesied so many exact details of the Lord’s life? Years ago, I was traveling with a co-worker and, as was my custom, we spoke about the Bible. This was an attempt on my part to win this person to Christ as I cared for his soul. He gave me his opinion about the Bible. He said, “I believe that many years ago a young man and a young woman got into trouble and they wrote the Bible to cover their problem.”  This is what he believed, as far as I know he never changed his opinion.

 

Prophesies like today’s fly directly in the face of that theory, one that many hold and claim as true. I shared with him some information that I now share with you. The Word of God in its total compilation has over forty human authors, (of course, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, II Timothy 3:16) spanning over a period of about 1600 years. Some were kings, some prophets, disciples, lay people, shepherds, and other individuals that God utilized. It was written in caves, jail cells, temples, palaces, in the wilderness, probably at sea, and various other unrelated places. It was written in at least three languages, the Old Testament was primarily written in Hebrew, with a few passages in Aramaic (a portion of Daniel for example), the New Testament was written primarily in Greek with some Hebrew words. In the King James Bible there are 66 books, 1,189 chapters, 31,173 verses, and 774,746 words. The stories and teachings in the Bible all agree one with another and when we think they do not, more study is required.

 

It is a living book, a book that not only men read, but one that reads men. A book that in this writer’s opinion does not need to be rewritten, but it does need to be re-read. But, back to the point. If two young people wrote this book, they would have to have lived for more than 1600 years, be able to write in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, be experts in history and current events around the known world at the time and be able to tell the future with perfect precision. For me, it is easier to believe that it was given by inspiration of the One who is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Meaning He is everywhere all the time, all powerful, and all knowing. He is God Almighty!

 

Dr. William T. Howe

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