The Power of the Written Word of God
Most people do not read the Bible. In fact, many followers of Jesus don’t read the Bible on a regular basis at all. I believe this to be true because those people just don’t think it really benefits them. That’s the only reason that makes logical sense. It can’t be about time or access or any similar reason. People just don’t appreciate how powerful and impactful the written word can be. In Luke 16 Jesus tells a story about a rich man who dies and goes to hell. While in hell he has a conversation with Abraham and asks Abraham to send the rich man back to his father’s house so he can tell his five brothers about this place of torment, so they could do whatever it takes to avoid the same fate as he. I think we can all agree that such a “visitation” would be extremely impactful right? If a dead man came back to life to tell of his situation, I think I’d believe what he said and so would you.
In Luke 16 verses 29-31, we have a portion of their conversation as Abraham is telling the man such an appearance is not possible. 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” When Abraham says, “Moses and the prophets” he is referring to the written and oral word of God. Abraham (and Jesus) are saying that the word of God is more powerful than the testimony of a dead man coming back to life…and we think we don’t need to read it! Really!!! If you don’t make reading and studying the Bible an important part of your life you are missing out on the most life-changing and life-transforming opportunity that God has given you…more powerful than a good sermon, a movie or even a dead man coming back to life. Please consider sharing this with others and also make sure that the word of God is an important part of your everyday life.