What to Remember When You have the Bible on Your Side

Luke 13:10-17 NLT

10   One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue,

11   he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.

12   When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Dear woman, you are healed of your sickness!”

13   Then he touched her, and instantly she could stand straight. How she praised God!

14   But the leader in charge of the synagogue was indignant that Jesus had healed her on the Sabbath day. “There are six days of the week for working,” he said to the crowd. “Come on those days to be healed, not on the Sabbath.”

15   But the Lord replied, “You hypocrites! Each of you works on the Sabbath day! Don’t you untie your ox or your donkey from its stall on the Sabbath and lead it out for water?

16   This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

17   This shamed his enemies, but all the people rejoiced at the wonderful things he did.

2 Timothy 3:14-17 KJV

14   But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15   And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 KJV

1     I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2     Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

3     For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4     And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

5     But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Jonah 4:10-11 NLT10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

Nahum 1:14-15 NLT14 And this is what the Lord says concerning the Assyrians in Nineveh: “You will have no more children to carry on your name. I will destroy all the idols in the temples of your gods. I am preparing a grave for you because you are despicable!” 15 Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace. Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah, and fulfill all your vows, for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again. They will be completely destroyed!

Nahum 2:1 NLT – Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh. Man the ramparts! Watch the roads! Prepare your defenses! Call out your forces!

1 Samuel 15:2 NLT – This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I have decided to settle accounts with the nation of Amalek for opposing Israel when they came from Egypt.

Exodus 32:14 NASB – So the Lord changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people.

Matthew 5:17 NLT – Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.

Ephesians 2:15 NLT – He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 NLT34 Women should be silent during the church meetings. It is not proper for them to speak. They should be submissive, just as the law says. 35 If they have any questions, they should ask their husbands at home, for it is improper for women to speak in church meetings.

1 Corinthians 11:5-6 NLT5 But a woman dishonors her head if she prays or prophesies without a covering on her head, for this is the same as shaving her head. 6 Yes, if she refuses to wear a head covering, she should cut off all her hair! But since it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut or her head shaved, she should wear a covering.

Psalm 137:8 NLT – O Babylon, you will be destroyed. Happy is the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.

Romans 12:19-20 NLT19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

The Bible is a guide

  1. Doctrine – what’s right
  2. Reproof – what’s not right
  3. Correction – how to get right
  4. Instruction – how to stay right

The Bible has a goal

Deuteronomy 5:13 NLT – You have six days each week for your ordinary work,

Exodus 20:9-10 NLT9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.

What to remember when you have the Bible on your side is it does not mean you have Jesus on your side.

We tend to take a stand on scriptures that fit our economics, politics and world view, and we then to take a pass on scriptures that conflict with our economics, politics and world view.

Acts 4:34-35 NLT34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

Acts 2:44-46 NLT44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity—

Luke 3:11 NLT – John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

Luke 6:27 NLT – But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.

Luke 6:30 NLT – Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back.

The words of Jesus take precedence over everything in the Bible.

Exodus 21:22-25 NLT22 “Now suppose two men are fighting, and in the process they accidentally strike a pregnant woman so she gives birth prematurely. If no further injury results, the man who struck the woman must pay the amount of compensation the woman’s husband demands and the judges approve. 23 But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life, 24 an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, 25 a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.

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