In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
If you actually opened your Bible, are you having problems? Are you still flipping through pages confused because you can’t find Hezekiah? And those of you who didn’t look, do you know what is wrong?
The passage above actually comes from 2 Kings 18:1-3. I began this blog with a popular trick in the Bible department, for there is no book of Hezekiah (at least, not in the Bible). How many of you without a doubt knew this? be honest.
No, if you’re checking your calendars it’s not April Fools’ Day, but Halloween is just around the corner. I did not intentionally trick you just because, but with an important purpose. To bring up the question, “How well do you know your Bible?”
As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, but how often do we actually read it? study it? Can you name all 66 books of the Bible in order? (And kudos to you if you can spell them,
Phillippians Philippians is one which always trips me up–which letters are doubled?) Do you know which book David slays Goliath in? or where Paul tells the church that, “One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches”? or in which Gospel Jesus sweats blood? Or if I quoted a Bible verse, would you be able to recognize if it was authentic or not? For example, which verse below comes from the Bible?
A. And had it not been for God’s favour upon you and His grace, you would surely have found yourselves among the lost. For you are well aware of those from among you who profaned the Sabbath, whereupon We said unto them, “Be as apes despicable!” and set them up as a warning example for their time and for all times to come, as well as an admonition to all who are conscious of God.
B. Now the plunder remaining of the spoil that the army took was 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 persons in all, women who had not known man by lying with him.
C. If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
D. When a person is devoted to something with complete faith, I unify his faith in that. Then, when his faith his completely unified, he gains the object of his devotion.
E. All the Above
The correct answer is B, which comes from Numbers 31:32-35. Honestly though, if I hadn’t written the test, I probably would have gotten it wrong; however, that’s just proof that I too need to read my Bible more, for I am not more than anyone else. (A. comes the Qur’an, C. is a Confucian proverb, and D. comes from the Bhagavad Gita.)
In Ephesians 6 as Paul illustrates the spiritual armor of a Christian, he describes the Bible as the sword of the Spirit in verse 17. A weapon used to defend us against the Enemy and his angels, which can be seen both in this passage and by Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness. A physical sword needs routinely sharpened before a battle, so that it doesn’t become blunt and ineffective in defending one’s self in war by killing his enemy before his enemy kills him. Yet, how many of us are running into battle with blunt blades?
Now no, the more you know your Bible doesn’t mean the more that you are saved; however, if we truly believe that it is the Word of God and is His revelation for man, should we not read it more than what we do? Know it better than what we do? There are atheists out there who have the Bible memorized, in both Hebrew and in Greek, yet how many Christians can say the same? However, there is a difference of knowing it in the mind, and knowing it in the heart. . . . But, how are we supposed to know about God, be more like Him and Jesus, if we don’t read and see Who He is?
How well, do you know your Bible?