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Knowing the Bible

By Jeff Kimes - Executive Pastor

What do you know about the Bible?

1. The Bible is made up of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the

New Testament

2. The Bible was written in three languages. Those languages are Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

3. The Bible is about 611,000 words long in the original languages.

4. The Bible was written by more than 40 traditional authors

5. The authorship of Hebrews has remained anonymous for centuries

6. The word “Trinity” is never mentioned in the Bible.

7. The Bible was written on three continents, Asia, Africa and Europe.

8. The longest verse in the Bible is Esther 8:9.

9. The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35.

10. The Bible is the most printed book in the world, and the Bible is also the most commonly stolen book in the world.

There are many more interesting facts about the Bible. But if trivial facts are all you know about the Bible then you are missing the message of the Bible.

In Chapter 1 of Joshua starts out stating that Moses is dead and it is time for God’s people to move. God gives instructions to Joshua to lead the people. One of the most important words he gives him is to follow the instruction in the book of the law that had been given to Moses.

Joshua 1:7-8 “Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

God’s instruction to Joshua was not to just know the facts about the Word of God but he was to put it into practice. We are charged with the same instructions. It will not help us to follow God by knowing the trivial facts about the Bible, it will only help us when we put God’s word into practice in our lives. We need not to “turn from the right or the left” and stay centered on the Word of God. I wish I could say I am always centered on the Word, but there are times I may stray to the right or left and have to be brought back in line. I am glad I have some people in my life that have the freedom to help me and are willing to do so. It is not something we can do alone but we have to make the choice to move

that direction.

Stay centered in God’s Word and have a blessed week!

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