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    • Bible Readings for the Home Circle Introduction to the Word of God 1
    • Adapted by Jessica Gerald of http://www.oldfashionedhomemaking.com Original Artwork by Cheryl Seslar Designs The information in this book has been adapted from Bible Readings for the Home Circle Review & Herald Publishing Association, Washington, D.C. Original Copyright Date, 1920 In this edition, we have attempted to modernize the language of certainpassages of the book while still keeping to the original meaning as closely as possible. Some parts have been left the same as the original book. Scripture passages are in the New International Version, unless otherwise marked, and are taken from http://www.biblegateway.com All rights reserved Terms of Use: Important – Please Read!This publication may be copied and distributed for personal use, group Biblestudies, Sunday school, or other non-profit endeavors. It may not be postedto a blog or webpage. It may not be used for commercial purposes, and may not be sold. If reproduced, all of the credits on this page must remain intact. 2
    • The Word of God Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105The Bible contains proof in itself of its divine origin. No other bookcan answer the questionings of the mind or satisfy the longings ofthe heart as does the Bible. It is adapted to every age and conditionof life, and is full of the knowledge which enlightens the mind andsanctifies the soul.In the Bible we have a revelation of the living God. Received byfaith, it has power to transform the life. During all its history adivine watch-care has been over it, and preserved it for the world. The Burning of BiblesJehoiakim, the king of Judah, and the princes under King Zedekiahshowed their contempt for God by burning the writings of Jeremiah,and imprisoning him in a dungeon. (Jeremiah 36:20-23; 38:1-6)Bible burning began in England with the destruction of copies of theAntwerp edition of Tyndale’s New Testament at St. Paul’s Cross,London, in 1527. A second edition was burned in 1530. Later, therewere mass burnings of the writings and translations of Wyclif,Tyndale, Basil, Barnes, Coverdale, and others. 3
    • Forty-three years after the death of Wyclif, in 1428, the Council ofConstance ordered that his bones be dug up and burned. OnOctober 6,1536, by the order of Charles V of Germany, Tyndale wasstrangled and burned at the stake at Vilvorde, near Brussels. “IfLuther will not retract,” wrote Henry VIII of England, “let himselfand his writings be committed to the flames.” This was the fate ofmany who stood for God and His Word in those times when spiritualtyranny ruled. The Word Cannot Be BoundBut the Word of God could not be forever bound. In attempting toprevent its circulation, men soon discovered that they wereundertaking a work beyond their strength.The Bible had taken deep root in the hearts of the people. Whatrulers at one time had sought to suppress and destroy, they nowbegan to foster and supply.In his “Stories from English History,” Henry P. Warren says, “Henry,by Cromwell’s advice, ordered a translation of the Bible to be made inEnglish, and a copy to be placed in every church. There had beenEnglish translations before, but they had not been in the hands of thepeople in general, and had only been read secretly and in fear.Cromwell then appointed Cranmer and the bishops to revise the Bible,and publish it without note or comment; and in the year 1539 a copyof the English Bible was chained to the reading desk of every parishchurch. From that time the Bible has never ceased to be printed andsold freely.” 4
    • Says Charles C. Coffin, in his “Story of Liberty:”“The people listen to the reading with wonder and delight. They beginto think; and when men begin to think, they take a step towardfreedom. They see that the Bible gives them rights which hithertohave been denied them – the right to read, to acquire knowledge.Schools are started. Men and women who till now have not known aletter of the alphabet, learn to read; children teach their parents. It isthe beginning of a new life, a new order of things in the community –the beginning of liberty.”Why Should We Study the Bible?The Bible is God’s great textbook for people. It is His lamp to ourfeet and light to our path in this world of sin. The value of Biblestudy cannot be overestimated.Considered from a literary standpoint alone, the Bible isunsurpassed. Its style, beautiful and impressive imagery; itsinteresting stories and well-told narratives; its deep wisdom and itssound logic; its dignified language and its elevated themes, all makeit worthy of universal reading and careful study.As an educating power, the Bible has no equal. Nothing sobroadens the vision, strengthens the mind, elevates the thoughts,and ennobles the affections as does the study of the divine andastounding truths of revelation. A knowledge of its principles is anessential preparation to every calling. To the extent that it is studied 5
    • and its teachings are received, it gives strength of character, nobleambition, keenness of perception, and sound judgment. Of all thebooks ever written, none contains lessons so instructive, precepts sopure, or promises so great as the Bible.There is nothing that so convinces the mind of the inspiration ofthe Bible as does the reading of the Bible itself, and especially thoseportions known as the prophecies. After the resurrection of Christ,when everything else seemed to have failed to convince the disciplesthat He had risen from the dead, He appealed to the inspired Word,and “he explained to them what was said in all the Scripturesconcerning himself” (Luke 24:25 – 27) and they believed. On anotheroccasion He said, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, theywill not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke16:31)As a guide, the Bible is without a rival. It gives a calm peace inbelieving, and a firm hope of the future. It solves the great problemof life and destiny, and inspires to a life of purity, patience, and well-doing. It fills the heart with love for God and a desire to do good toothers. This gives us a purpose for life here on earth and preparesus for our eternal home in Heaven.It teaches the value of the soul, by revealing the price that has beenpaid to redeem it. It makes known the only antidote for sin, andpresents the only perfect code of morals ever given. It tells of thefuture and the preparation necessary to meet it. It makes us bold forthe right, and sustains the soul in adversity and affliction. It lightsup the dark valley of death, and points to a life unending. It leads toGod, and to Christ, whom to know is life eternal. In short, it is theone book to live by and die by. 6
    • As the king of Israel was instructed to write him a copy of the law,and to read therein “all the days of his life,” that he might “fear theLord,” keep His word, and thus prolong his days and the days of hischildren (Deuteronomy 17:18-20), so we should also study the Bible,and from it learn the fear which is the beginning of wisdom, and theknowledge which is unto salvation. As an aid and incentive to this,Bible Readings for the Home Circle has been prepared andpublished. Bible Readings – Their Value and UseBasically, these Bible readings consist of questions on a certainsubject, and answers to them from the Bible. In other words, Biblereadings mean a topical study of the Bible by means of questionsand answers.In either receiving or giving knowledge, there is nothing like theinterrogation-point. Nothing so readily quickens thought orawakens interest as a question. Children would learn little if theyasked no questions, and he would indeed be a poor teacher whoasked and answered none.Knowing the value of this method of awakening thought, arousinginterest, and imparting information, God, in His wisdom, inspiredthose who wrote the Bible to ask many questions, that He might setus to thinking and studying about the great themes with which itdeals. (See Job 38:4, 7; 14:14; Ps.8:4; Mal. 3:1, 2, 8; Ex. 32:26; 1 Chron.29:5.) 7
    • But God not only asks questions; He answers them. Here are someexamples of both questions and answers, taken directly from theBible itself.Question 1: Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many gooddays?Answer: Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:12-14)Question 2: Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Whohas complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshoteyes?Answer: Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls ofmixed wine.Question 3: Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who maystand in his holy place?Answer: The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who doesnot trust in an idol or swear by a false god. They will receiveblessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.(Psalm 24:3-5. See also Psalm 15 and Isaiah 33:14-17)Bible Readings for the Home Circle should be an excellent aid forprivate, family, and public study of the Word of God. 8