God Speaking to Us – Acts 1:15-16, 20

“During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them. Brothers, he said, the Scriptures had to be fulfilled concerning Judas, who guided those who arrested Jesus. This was predicted long ago by the Holy Spirit, speaking through King David…Peter continued, This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it. It also says, Let someone else take his position”  (Acts 1:15-16,20, NLT). 

After the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the death of Judas created a vacancy among the twelve Apostles.

The remaining eleven Apostles determined that a replacement should be found for Judas so that his position as the twelfth Apostle would not remain empty.

The Apostles considered that the new people of God, like Israel, were to have twelve designated and appointed leaders. (They certainly recalled the promise of Jesus in Matthew 19:28 and Luke 22:29-30 that they would sit on twelve thrones in His Kingdom and judge the twelve tribes of Israel).

What’s significant here is that Peter looked to the Old Testament scriptures to find a solution for their predicament. Peter quoted Psalm 69:25 to explain the consequences of Judas’ disloyalty and Psalm 109:8 to explain the need for his replacement.

Peter used a broad interpretation of these Scriptures that inferred the coming of the Messiah and His Kingdom was described and predicted throughout the writings of the Old Testament by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The Apostle Paul recognized that the Old Testament writers were inspired by God to foretell the coming of the Messiah and, consequently, he quoted from it extensively to reinforce his writings and teachings: “God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son… He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name” (Romans 1:2-5, NLT).

Now if Peter and the Apostles were well-acquainted with the Old Testament Scriptures, the Bible of their day, and recognized its divine inspiration and authority in guiding their decision-making, how much more should we rely on that same authority today!

The Apostles are the founding fathers of our faith. They are our leaders. They are our example, our teachers!

So, if the Apostles used the Scriptures to guide them in their decision-making, then it is incumbent on us to study and learn the Bible, the Old and New Testaments, and apply its teachings to our daily lives.

Because the Bible is God speaking to us…yesterday, today, forever!

Certainly, we ought to know what He is saying!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16, NLT)

God’s Instruction Manual – Psalm 19:7-11

“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7-11, NLT)

In Psalm 19 David declared the eminence and significance of God’s law.

In general, God’s instructions refer to all His laws or commands but can specifically refer to Genesis through Deuteronomy, the written code given through Moses.

We should consider God’s instructions to be His complete revealed Word in the Bible, Old and New Testaments, Genesis through Revelation.

According to the psalmist, God’s instructions are relevant to your life because they are perfect, trustworthy, right, clear, true, fair, desirable, and sweet (vs. 7-10).

And, if you read God’s instruction manual, the psalmist says that these are some of the benefits you will receive from following its instructions:

  • make you wise beyond your own ability
  • bring joy and happiness to your life
  • describe how God wants you to live
  • warn about sin and disobedience to keep you on the right path
  • give satisfaction and fulfillment in this life and the life to come

We should value the Bible as God’s instruction manual for knowing and understanding Him and how He wants us to live and what He wants us to do with our lives.

Because if we want to obey God, it is necessary that we know what His instructions are and then follow them by applying them to our lives.

And, if you desire to live for God each day, then you need to consult God’s instruction manual, the Bible, each day.

The Importance of Bible Study – 2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Can you imagine hearing the words that God has actually spoken? If you have a Bible, then you have in your possession the very words that God has spoken! If the Bible is the authoritative Word of God containing God’s spoken words and is easily accessible and available to you, then it should be something that you as a child of God want to hear, read, and study regularly. The Apostle Paul told Timothy that God’s spoken words–the Scriptures, or the Bible as we know it–are useful for teaching and training ourselves and others in the way of God’s righteousness. Futhermore, when you study and learn God’s words, then you will be a proficient messenger of God who is certified for performing good works in the name of the Lord.