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How does this example help illustrate the truth that the Bible's power and influence testify of its divine authorship?

  • Inexhaustibility - The quality of being limitless; incapable of reaching an end

  • Finite - Limited; bounded; measurable

  • Can you think of examples in our society where people "continually insist upon choking on the bones"? In doing so, what "meat" do they miss?

    How does this example help illustrate the truth that the Bible's inexhaustibility should not be a stumbling block but that it testifies of its divine authorship?

      "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Word shall not pass away."

      The truth of these words arrested him. He felt a deep sorrow that he had tried to destroy God's Word and told his wife to buy another Bible. He began to prayerfully read with his wife, and God also blessed this in his life.

      How was this man "burned" by the Bible he was burning? Why and how does the Bible have power to do such things?

    5. The inexhaustibility of the Bible - Hundreds of commentaries have been written on the Bible. Countless sermons have been preached on single texts over thousands of years; and yet, there is always something new. We have a finite mind. We cannot reach the limitless depths of the Bible. The Bible contains the infinite wisdom of its Author, because the Bible is the Word of God.

      A bold young man, who frequently boasted of being a confirmed atheist, sat at a table in the dining car of a passenger train. A minister also seated himself at the same table.

      As they were enjoying their delicious fish dinners, the young man looked at the minister and said, "I guess you are a minister!"

      "Yes," the minister answered, "I am in my Master's service."

      "I thought so. Preach out of the Bible, don't you?"

      "Yes, I do."

      "Find quite a few things there that you don't understand, I'll bet!"

      "Yes, there are things I do not fully understand."

      "I thought so. What do you do then, Minister-still go on believing in your book even when you don't understand it?"

      The minister paused before answering and then responded, "My friend, I simply practice what we are presently doing with our fish dinner. When I come to a bone I quietly lay it aside and continue enjoying the delicious meat. I feel sincerely sorry, however, for anyone who continually insists upon choking on the bones."

      What important lesson regarding Bible reading and studying is taught by this example? While this minister used an immediate example to effectively illustrate his point, we must also observe that bones are worthless, but passages of Scripture that are harder to understand are not. Are you praying and trying to increase your biblical knowledge?

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