Did you ever get a used textbook with sections highlighted in bright yellow marker with arrows and stars around it? It must be important, but it’s not always clear why.
That’s frequently the case with the Bibles I accumulate — maybe half have verses highlighted or bookmarked with some old bulletin or photos. You’d probably think that John 3:16 would be most frequently highlighted, or the 23rd Psalm, but I found a truly intriguing array of verses, uniquely meaningful to each owner.
I’ve read the Bible throughout my life, and I know all the Sunday School stories, but a lot of the words I’ve read didn’t get personal until I found a specific verse that someone underlined and inadvertently passed on to me.
It’s like each one of these Bibles has a clue in it, although the clue may not be for me.
I don’t know if I have a lot of insight to add to these verses –maybe my value is to get people to read it, a bite at a time. So my challenge is to highlight verses in the Bibles I find until we have covered the entire Bible. Maybe I’ll add something personal, maybe not, but I’ll present a Bible study from hundreds of others who found some comfort, some direction, some treasure in the words they underlined.
So here are highlighted verses for this week:
Revelation 2:2 – 2:4
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.”
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”
“He rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance.”
Thanks for reading –and as our Methodist ministers often pray, “may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable unto Him.”