Summary: The Wonder of it’s Inspiration, The Wonder of it’s Formation, The Wonder of it’s Preservation, The Wonder of it’s Design, The Wonder of It’s Power, The Wonder of its Message, and The Wonder of it’s Promises.
Seven Wonders Of The Word Of God
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 and especially these verses have been a favorite of mine for many years. It first came to my attention as a young Christian over thirty years ago when I first heard it sung on an old record by a youth singing group.
This Psalm along with Ps. 119 is one of two Psalms dedicated to extolling and exalting the Word of God.
Christians are often accused of worshipping the Bible. This is not true. We worship the God who wrote it. He alone deserves our worship. But at the same time the Bible makes this declaration concerning the Word of God.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
David said of God in this Psalm, “Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
The Bible truly is a wonderful book – a book full of wonders. This morning I would like us to consider some of these Wonders of the Word of God. First let’s look at:
I. The Wonder of It’s Inspiration
The Bible is the most unique book ever written for it claims to have as it’s author God.
It may have been written over a period of 1600 years, on three continents, and by 40 different men. Yet it had only one author – GOD.
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Tim 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
1 Thess 2:13
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
It is inspired, that is “God-breathed”.
It declares that it is the word of God. The expression “the Lord said” or “the Lord spoke occurs over 2000 times in the OT alone.
II. The Wonder of It’s Formation
The Bible contains 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.
The 39 books of the O.T. are written primarily in Hebrew, with a little Aramaic, and the 27 books of the N.T. are written exclusively in Greek. Yet these diverse authors each in their own way present a unified portrait of God’s plans and purposes in our world.
The 27 books that make up the New Testament were written over a 50 year span, and they deal with Jesus Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection, the beginning of the Christian church, and instruction about how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.
In the King James it contains 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses.
It was written by 40 authors ranging from kings, to statesmen, to doctors, to farmers and shepherds.
The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years on three continents.
The Bible is an entire library of different kinds of literature. As to different kinds of literature, the Bible contains history, poetry, humor, prophecy, romance, letters, biographies, songs, journals, advise, laws and stories.
1. It’s Diverseness
a. The Bible is not a book of history – yet it is historical.
b. The Bible is not a book of science – yet it is scientific.