I. The Bible: It's Authority
PRINCIPLE I: The Bible is The Most Important Book Ever Written, So You Need To Study It Carefully.
There are many world views. Who is the center of your view determines how your world view is.
Can we trust the bible? It's divinely inspired. That's why we can trust the bible.
Jesus Himself came to testify what the truth is. He is the Son of God. He had a sinless life. He predicted his death and his resurrection. And all things happened just as he predicted. There were witnesses of His resurrection. He appeared to many. He is the person we can trust.
Jesus also confirmed the old testament that it was true. He referred to it as commandment of God. Therefore it is divinely inspired.
Jesus affirmed the old testament, the law, and the prophets, that they were from God. And He also affirm the NT that is being written as divinely inspired.
Jesus told that the Holy spirit would remind all things he taught to the disciples, even though they did not understand while they were with Him.
Now we can clearly see that both old testament and new testament are the work of the Holy Spirit. They were divinely and supernaturally inspired. The bible is Godly inspired.
There are many prophecies that have already been fulfilled. Many prophecies sounded bizarre and unbelievable, but all happened as they were said.
One example is the fate of the city of Tyre.
The prophets predicted that the Lord would bring judgement upon Tyre. Many nations would attack Tyre. The city would be reduced to ruins. After that it would be allowed to return to its trading. The rubble from the city would be thrown into the sea and its treasures taken. The proud city would become a bare rock and would become a place for the spreading of fishing nets. The history confirms that every thing prophesied became true.
Luke records that Tyre was still dependent on Judea for its food supply (Acts 12:20). Tyre still remained a port (21:3, 7), with only a shadow of its former glory. The visitors to Tyre in the 19th Century reported that the once great city was now a place for the spreading of fishermen's nets (Ezek. 26:5).
And we can see that every prophecies about Jesus Christ were fulfilled. All situations in Jesus' life were fulfilled as written, from His birth to His Resurrection.
Another evidence of its divine inspiration is its unity. There are 66 books written in over 1500 years by 40 writers from different background of lives and different places. They are collected together with unity. No contradiction is found in the bible.
The whole bible has one theme - Redemption from God. God came to redeem (which means buy back) so that men can be back to God.
All scriptures in both old testament and new testament are God-breathe.
"for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2Peter 1:21 NKJV)
We can trust the Bible. That's why we have to study it.
Thrugh BSF, we study the bible verse by verse, book by book, and in context. When we read it ourselves, ask the Holy Spirit to explain for us, so that we can understand.
We won't know all in the bible at one time. Take it one step at a time. Learn progressively. Continue to learn one layer on top of the other. And finally we will know who He is and who we are in Him.
II. The Bible: The Book of Ruth (Overview)
Principle II: God Is Present and Active in Executing His Plan for His Redeemed People... Even In The Darkest of Days
There is no definite conclusion who wrote this book. Most likely author was Samuel. It was written 1000 years before Christ.
Ruth was a gentile woman. She was not Jew but a foreigner, who came from Moab. She had a great desire to be part of God's family. So she eventually became one in God's family. She gave birth to the grandfather of David, and excitingly, she was a part of Jesus' lineage!
It was written in the time of Judges. In that time Israel was in a mess. It fell away from God. It was not a good time for Israel.
The book of Ruth is composed of many dialogues, with occasionally added commentaries by the author. There are 3 key persons in this book.
Purpose of the book was to show the prospective of "God's PROVIDENCE", which means to have foresight. God is preserving and governing all things by means of second causes. Everything happens by His design and is in His plan.
In dark situation, we would see God's work. Even though situations in our lives seem to be chaos for us, they all are in God's plan. As in the story, the famine was controlled by God, so that they came back to Israel.
We may see the work of God in our lives through our troubles and sufferings. Every turn in our lives is in His Providence.
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