Advent Family Devotion: God gave us these Scriptures on Purpose

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December 2, 2018 – God gave us these Scriptures on purpose.

Prayer: 

O Holy Spirit, you have given your Word to us so that we can know our God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Help us today to see how marvelous your Word is. Amen.

Devotion:

2 Peter 2:20-21

20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 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.

The Bible is the greatest story that has ever been told. Over 2.5 billion copies have been sold by some estimates.  YouVersion (Bible.com) has the Bible in 1218 languagesand in 1741 translations.  It is still the greatest story that has ever been told.

It contains some fascinating stories of people who have lived and died.  It tells the story of how God created the world.  It tells the story of the flood.  It tells the story of the exodus, how God brought the Israelites out of Egypt through the Red Sea, with a wall of water on their right side and on their left side.  And those are just a few of the countless stories that the Bible tells us of God’s people.

But it’s more than just a story.  Peter tells us that the words of the Bible (the Scriptures) never came from a writer’s own ideas or interpretation of things.  In other words, the Bible didn’t come from the ideas of an author.  Instead, every word of the Bible came from the Holy Spirit who told the writers exactly what he wanted them to write.

This story of the Bible and the story of Jesus’ birth is more than just a story that has captivated the world.  It is God’s account of how he came to save the world. Other the next month we’re going to study parts of the genealogy (a family tree) of Jesus.  This family tree is God’s story of your salvation.

Additional Reading: 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:16-21.

Family Questions:

1.      What is your favorite book besides the Bible? 

2.     What is the difference between that book and the Bible?

3.     Why did God give us the Bible and tell us the stories in it? 

4.     What does he want for all of us?

Going Deeper:

1.      Look at the reading from 1 Peter.  Who were the prophets serving with their prophecies?  Who was God already thinking about in the Old Testament?

2.     Look at the reading from 2 Peter.  Make a list of the things that Peter says about the Scriptures that set it apart from other books.

Prayer:

Lord God, Father in heaven, you have inspired the prophets and other writers of the Bible to tell the story of your love for us. It is the greatest story that has ever been told.  It is a story that even includes me, my salvation, and my life.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving us the Bible. Amen.