WHY THE BIBLE?

Posted by Calvary Baptist Church on Oct 27, 2014 in Sermons |

Sermon on Sunday October 26, 2014 by Pastor Manny Salinas

 

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WHY THE BIBLE?

 Psalm 1:1-3

Says, Blessed is the one

who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take

or sit in the company of mockers,

but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,

and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.

 

Colossians 2:7

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

 

A) Autopistic-Internal evidence:

1. What the Bible says about itself:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

-2 Peter 1:20-21

 

A) Autopistic: Internal evidence:

2.Internal Consistency:

  • While it touches on hundreds of different subjects, it agrees with itself with total consistency.
  • Bible is a collection of 66 different documents.
  • Written by 40 men.
  • From different social statues.
  • Over a period of 1500 years.
  • They lived in 3 separate continents.

 

B) Axiopistic: External evidence.

1. Fulfilled Prophesy:

  • 27% of the Bible contains what was predicted prophesy at the time that it was written.
    • Israel Captivity in Babylon for 70 years. (Jeremiah)
    • Kingdoms to follow until the coming of the Messiah (Daniel)
    • Cyrus the Great allows the people of Israel to return and rebuild the Temple. (Isaiah)

 

  • There are over specific 300 prophecies that were fulfilled in the person of Jesus.

Prophecies about the Messiah

– Messiah would be born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14 – Luke 1:26-28; Matthew 1:20-23

– Messiah would be from the House of David.

Isaiah 16:5; 37:31; 11:10 – Matthew 1:1-2, 5-6, 16; Romans 15:12

-Messiah would be a male.

Isaiah 9:6-7  – Mark 1:1; John 1:1-3, 14

– Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2Matthew 2:1

– Messiah would be a Nazarene from Galilee.

Isaiah 9:1-2 – Matthew 4:13-16; 2:22-23

– Death of children in Bethlehem. Fulfilled by Herod when he wanted to kill the Messiah.

Jeremiah 31:15 – Matthew 2:16-18

– John the Baptist would prepare the way for the Messiah.

Isaiah 40:3 – Matthew 3:1-3

– Messiah would perform many miracles.

Isaiah 35:5-6 – Matthew 11:2-5

– Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.

Zechariah 9:9 – Luke 19:28, 35-38

– Messiah would be betrayed by a friend.

Psalm 41:9Matthew 26:49-50

– Judas would be paid 30 pieces of silver & later throw them into the temple.

Zechariah 11:12-13 – Matthew 27:5-7

– Messiah would be beaten, mocked & spit upon.

Isaiah 50:6 – Matthew 26:67

– Lots (like dice) would be cast for Messiah’s clothing.

Psalm 22:18 John 19:23-24

– Messiah would be crucified.

Psalm 22:16 – Luke 23:33

– Messiah’s bones would not be broken.

Exodus 12:46 & Psalm 34:20 John 19:32-36

– Messiah would be forsaken by God.

Psalm 22:1 – Matthew 27:46

– Messiah would die.

Isaiah 53:8b – Luke 23:46

– Messiah would be buried in the tomb of a rich man.

Isaiah 53:9 – Matthew 27:57-60

– Messiah would resurrect from the death.

Psalm 16:10 & Isaiah 53:10-11 – Acts 2:25-32

 

B) Axiopistic: External evidence.

2. Archeological evidence:

  • “It may be stated categorically that no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a Biblical reference. Scores of archaeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” – Nelson Glueck

 

  • The Hittites:

Historians once thought to be a made up legend until the Hittite capital was found in modern day Turkey.

Egypto-Hittite Peace Treaty (c. 1258 BC) between Hattusili III and Ramesses II. This is the best known early written peace treaty.

 

  • Jericho:

Archeologist discredited the Bible’s accounts of Jericho and the walls falling suddenly as described in Joshua 6:20.  But when the ruins where discovered, they found it to be true.

 

  • Old Kings:

Historians believed that certain Assyrian and Babylonian kings were made up myths, because they only appeared in the Bible. But again, when new archeological discoveries found places and tablets of those kings, it confirmed the Biblical accuracy.

 

  • Tel Dan Stele:

Believed to be of King Hazael, king of Haram (Syria) mention in 2 Kings 8:12,  12:17 & Ch. 13 This is a non-Jewish record  of a king bragging about his victory over the king of Israel and his ally the king “of the House of David”

 

  • Pilate’s Stone:

Found in June 1961 in Caesarea Maritima.

“Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea,has presented the Tiberius to the Caesareans.”

 

  • The oldest Christian church ever discovered.

Two mosaics inside the church — one covered with fish, an ancient Christian symbol that predates the cross — tell the story of a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the church in the memory “of the God, Jesus Christ.“   FOXNEWS.com November 8, 2005

 

B) Axiopistic: External evidence.

3. Extra Biblical Writings:

  • “John, that was called the Baptist…was a good man, and commanded the Jews to exercise virtue, both as to righteousness towards one another, and piety towards God, and so to come to baptism…Herod, who feared the great influence John had over the people…sent [John] a prisoner, out of Herod’s suspicious temper, to Macherus, the castle I before mentioned, and was there put to death.”

 

  • Roman Historian Flavius Josephus.

“At this time there was a wise man who was called Jesus. And his conduct was good and was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and the other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified to die. And those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive…”

  (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3:63-63)

 

  • The Jewish Talmud.

“On the eve of Passover, Yeshu (a Hebrew word referring to Jesus) was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Anyone who can say anything in his favor, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favor he was hanged on the eve of the Passover!”

  (Sanherdrin 43a)

 

B) Axiopistic: External evidence.

4. Scientific Evidence:

  • The shape of the Earth:

“God sits above the circle of the earth. The people below seem like grasshoppers to him! He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.”

Isaiah 40:22

 

  • The Earth floats in Space:

“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.”

Job 26:7

 

  • The Bible also says that each star is unique.

“There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. “

-1 Corinthians 15:41

 

  • The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere.

“The wind goes toward the south, And turns around to the north; The wind whirls about continually, and comes again on its circuit.”

Ecclesiastes 1:6

 

Resources:

www.alwaysbeready.com

www.christiananswers.net

 

John 5:39-40

“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.”

 

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