Word of Life

Deuteronomy 8:1-3

“The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”

John 17:17

“Sanctify them by truth, your word is truth.”

The Word Revives God’s People & Restores Lost Sinners

“The Word brings life. Every revival recorded in Scripture followed the recovery of the public reading of God’s Word. For example, Moses read the Book of the Covenant with the people in Exodus 24:7. Joshua read the entire law at the renewal of the covenant following the fiasco at Ai in Joshua 8. The great scene in Nehemiah 8 featured reading and expounding the Scripture all day long (Nehemiah 9; 13). Repentance was Jeremiah’s hope when he urged Baruch to read the Word before the people (Jeremiah 36). And how many times in the Gospels does the Lord begin some great statement with, ‘Have you not read…’? …The Father reveals himself in and through his Word. The Word points to Jesus. The Spirit moved men to write it. Given the Trinitarian effort, what good reason could we have for neglecting it?”[1]

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[1] Thabiti Anyabwile, Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012), 142-43.

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