Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35

Every time I return to the old homestead, I am smitten with the changes that have occurred to the place over the years. The two big barns that were such prominent features of the place when I was a child are long gone, along with the other outbuildings that used to be part of the farm operation. Most of the trees in the large old orchard are also long gone, trees and bushes have overgrown the old lane that led from the barnyard down to the brook and to the back fields, and it is now difficult to find the location where the old bridge crossed the brook. Fields that used to occupy the slopes of the mountain are now forests of spruce. Even the skyline of the mountains has changed as the trees have come and gone over the decades. The old house still stands, looking only slightly different from its appearance half a century ago. But even it must eventually go, as do all things around us in this changing, aging world. How good to know that there is one resource that remains the same throughout our lives and into eternity.

As a lad of eight or nine, I discovered an old Bible while I was rummaging through a storage room. I flipped open the pages to Psalm 1, and began to memorize the six verses. That old Bible is long gone now, but the words I memorized that day are as fresh in my memory as ever. No wonder that David spoke of hiding God’s Word in his heart. To do so was to make a permanent monument that would endure forever. We experience the same when we study and memorize the Scriptures. Because they are eternal, they remain in our minds and in our hearts, preserving us from error and providing us with guidance, encouragement, and reverence.

If the Book I read in my childhood is the same Book that sits before me today, why do my ideas of what it contains change and shift through the years? This should not be! Just as the words do not change, so too the meanings should not change. What was virtue or sin sixty years ago should be virtue or sin today. What was good instruction then should be just as good today. What was true of the Lord Jesus and His Assembly in the former days should be the identical truth in the latter days. Nothing that our parents and grandparents appreciated from the Word in their day should be any different from what we appreciate in our day. A plain-spoken, uncompromising preacher who is now in the Glory had a wise saying that we ought to heed concerning our understanding of the Word of God: If it is true, it is not new; if it is new, it is not true.

The Word of God cannot change. But it should change us. -Jim MacIntosh

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