God’s Word: wearing out the hammers.
Today’s post is a short one. A simple one. Not much of my own words. However, apart from Jesus Christ, there is nothing greater that could ever be talked about: God’s Word. Over the next month or so I’ll be reading a lot of books about the Bible, writing my reviews of them, and posting them here for you to read if you so wish.
Back in December I posted my thoughts on the King James Bible. In that post I gave my current thoughts on the issue and shared with you all that I was still studying out the topic so I could know more for myself instead of basing my beliefs on a “he said, she said” basis. And as many of you know, this year marks the 400th anniversary or the KJV. While it is always important to study the Word of God, I think now is definitely an appropriate time to focus on it even more.
Over the past couple of weeks I have bought quite a few books on the matter, and I will be attending Bible Conferences throughout the year so I have no doubt I’ll end up with a few more books. I also purchased myself a copy of the DVD that was just released, “KJB: the Book that Changed the World.”
I thank God for His Word; and though I don’t read it, ponder it, memorize it, love it, live it, share it as much as I ought to, I regard it as the best gift (outside of salvation) that the Lord has ever given me.
The Hammer and the Anvil
Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
When looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.
“How many anvils have you had,” said I,
“To wear and batter these hammers so?”
“Just one,” said he; then with a twinkling eye,
“The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
And so, I thought, the anvil of God’s Word,
For ages, skeptics blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.
~ John Clifford
Some of my favorite verses of Scripture are found in the Psalms, but my favorite books of the Bible are Romans and Proverbs.
The verse I claim as my life’s verse is Romans 5:20, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
My favorite Bible stories are the book of Hosea, when Jesus wrote in the sand in response to the woman caught in the act of adultery, and the book of Ruth.
What verse(s) do you claim as your life’s verse(s)? Why?
Do you have a favorite Bible story? What is it, and why?
What’s your favorite book of the Bible?
If you know of any other poems written about the Bible, share them (or a link to them) in a comment!