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Benefits of the Bible

Posted in Romans, Romans 15

Romans 15:3b-4b

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

Perspective: Be Awake or Asleep?

Posted in Matthew, Matthew 26

Matthew 26:40-44

Perspective: Be Awake or Asleep?

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Matthew 26:40 (Holman) Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me one hour?”

To overlook Jesus’ disappointment here is to miss the point. He had asked the disciples to stay awake (v. 38). He wanted them to pray with and for Him.

Desiring their companionship and comfort, He wanted someone to care, but was sadly disappointed. They could stay awake all night fishing, but not praying.

What made the difference between Jesus and the disciples this night? Perspective. Jesus, choosing to be God-centered, was intense and withdrew to prayer. The three, being self-centered, were indifferent and withdrew to sleep.

In the spiritual realm, perspective matters. Do not let lethargy become our default position. Pray we will always feel the need, yea the urgency, to pray.

Matt. 26:41a “Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation.”

“Stay awake and pray”—this summarizes Christian duty. The emphasis here is not as much on overcoming temptation as it is on avoiding temptation in the first place. We should want God to keep us as far away from being tempted as possible.

The often-used illustration of this is the story of an elderly lady who wanted to hire a chauffeur. Three men applied. She asked how