Benefits of the Bible
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Rom. 15:3b (Holman) On the contrary, as it is written, “The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.”
This quote is from Psalm 69:9b. Psalm 69 is extraordinary. Seven of its verses are quoted in the New Testament. The Psalm is Messianic. This means it has references in it to the coming Messiah.
The verse quoted here originally applied to insults heaped on Godly people because of their devotion. Paul saw in this a reference to Christ’s suffering.
Whatever dishonor was done against God the Father also troubled the Lord Jesus. Every sin reproached God, and Jesus was sensitive to His Father’s honor.
Jesus grieved over the hardness of people’s hearts. He hurt over their sin and came to pay the debt they owed His Father. Jesus bore the full guilt and curse of sin, whereas we are only called on to be patient with one another.
This quote from Scripture caused Paul to digress a moment and take time to mention several benefits derived from God’s Word. His digression links the Old Testament with the New, and provides a beautiful analysis of the Scriptures.
Rom. 15:14a For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, . . .
The following passages reveal benefits administered to us by Scripture. The Scriptures teach us. Holy Writ is God’s gift of light to a