Read: Psalm 119:89-96
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 has been called by many the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century. The ancient manuscripts which were hidden in the Qumran caves are the oldest known copies of major Old Testament books. The amazing thing is that those scrolls show that during the past 2000 years the text of the Hebrew Bible has remained virtually unchanged.
The Word of God has withstood the test of time, and God has preserved His Word down through the centuries. The psalmist wrote: “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations” (Ps. 119:89-90). Jesus said, “My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35).
The Bible is more than a historical artefact. It is the living, powerful Word of God (Heb. 4:12), in which we encounter our Lord and discover how to live for Him and honour Him. Ps. 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” The psalmist says, “I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life” (Ps. 119:93). Regarding Jesus’ incarnation, the Bible says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). As we open our Bibles to read God’s Word, let us ask Him to reveal Himself to us through His Word. To know Christ, the Living Word, is to love the Bible, the written Word.