Feb 2, 2020
What is the WORD of God to people? During my first trip to Israel in the 90’s, our Jewish tourist guide said that it was an ANCIENT BOOK which has NO BEARING for us people in modern times. Some people say that the Bible is the MERE CREATION or WRITINGS of MEN. Others say that IT CONTAINS the WORD of God, but NOT ALL of it is! So what is it really?
Only God can answer what the WORD of God really is and so Christ’s statements regarding the word is what we can believe on.
There are THREE POINTS to our passage today:
I. CHRIST’S REVERENCE AND ADHERENCE TO THE WORD v. 17
A. WRONG PERCEPTION
B. CORRECT CONCLUSION
II. ETERNALITY OF THE WORD v. 18
A. TEMPORALITY OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
B. PERMANENCE and FULFILLMENT of the WORD
III.CONTRASTING RESPONSES TO THE WORD v. 19
A. SELECTIVE OBEDIENCE AND INSTRUCTION
B. INCLUSIVE OBEDIENCE AND INSTRUCTION
Jesus has already spelled out to us what the WORD OF GOD is and so we need to REVERE the WORD of God for what it is. I would like to close with Ezra 7:10 as the proper response to a high view of God’s word.
10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.