Better than money and honey
The Bible is the word of God. Your creator – the almighty God, ruler of the universe, the one who holds the beginning and the end in His hands, the one who makes the rules, the one who knows all things – He wrote a book! Contained in this book is everything you need to know so you can know Him and so you can be who He created you to be. How much value to do you place on that book?
Did you know people have died so you could own a Bible and read it in a language you understand? William Tyndale spent many years in hiding because his life was in danger. The reason he was hiding wasn’t because he was afraid to die – it was because he wasn’t finished translating the Bible into English. Translating the Bible into English was why his life was in danger. People wanted to kill him to stop him from finishing and distributing English Bibles.
This Oct. 6 will be the 486th anniversary of the day William Tyndale was tied to a stake and burned because he valued the Bible so much and wanted you to be able to read the Bible for yourself. He believed the Bible was worth dying for. Many others have been willing to die to be able to have and read the Bible for themselves. In 1539, five men from Scotland were burned at the stake for studying, memorizing and preaching from the Bible in English. They knew the danger, but it was worth it to them, because this book was more valuable to them than their lives.
What is it that could give the Bible that much value?
Psalm 19:7-11 describes it this way, “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”
There is no other book that is perfect, or that has all these effects, or most importantly, is “of the LORD.” What makes the Bible so valuable is that it’s a message from God, our creator. Just think about what people are willing to do to make some money, including dragging yourself out of bed early in the morning at least five days a week to go to work. That’s necessary to live for the short-term. But the Bible is worth more than any amount of money – even more desirable than much fine gold. It tells us what we need to know for eternity.
What value do you place on your eternal soul? Do you value it enough that you are willing to read, study, seek to understand and believe the Bible? If it wasn’t for the Bible, we wouldn’t know “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
It’s from there that we can receive “the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
It’s only through the Bible that we learn “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). And “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
If it wasn’t for this message from God that we call the Bible, you wouldn’t know that you are a sinner who deserves eternal death, but Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for us. He was buried and rose again in victory over sin and death. And salvation from our sins is given as a free gift from God through faith in Christ.
No other book could have told you that. No amount of money or gold could buy you that. Many people have thought it was worth dying so you could know this. Is it worth it to you to find some time in your day to read it?