The Relevancy of Scripture

There are those who say God’s Word is not relevant for today, that it is outdated and old-fashioned. They say life is far different today and anything written in Scripture would not be applicable with what we are experiencing now. But God’s Word is as much relevant for today as it has been for every age in time past. The Psalmist wrote “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations,” (119:89-90).

The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is a unique book that has been relevant to generations of people since the time Moses began writing the first five books of the Old Testament under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just as God’s Word does not change, people have not changed. They are still sinful, wretched, miserable, poor and blind (Revelation 3:17).

The things written of in Scripture were written for our example as Paul tells us in I Corinthians 10. Just in the area of jealousy which is still very much prevalent in our society, we read of Moses’ siblings, Miriam and Aaron, becoming jealous of Moses’ Ethiopian wife and the displeasure God had with their jealousy, sending leprosy upon Miriam who was shut out of the camp seven days until God healed her and allowed her to return (Numbers 12). We read of Korah of the sons of Levi, who became jealous of Moses’ leadership and led a rebellion against him to have Moses overthrown, but was destroyed himself when God opened the earth beneath him and swallowed up all that pertained unto Korah (Numbers 16). And then there was King Saul, whose jealousy of David was so great he and his army chased the slayer of the giant Goliath all over Judea in a desperate attempt to kill David. In the end it was the king who was destroyed in battle, along with David’s best friend, the king’s son, Jonathan (I Samuel 19-31).

God’s Word is as much relevant today as it has always been. It would behoove those who say it is not to set aside what they are doing and begin to read for themselves the wealth of relevancy found in the Scriptures. When they do, as with all who do, they will exclaim with Isaiah, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (6:5).

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