Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills
“Is There Anything In The Word Of God That You Really Wish Was Not There?”
In 1804, at the end of his busy day, Thomas Jefferson sat down and opened a Bible and began to cut out various portions of The Word of God with a knife that he did not believe or accept.
In his cut out rendition, while he kept the words of Jesus and some of his deeds, he carefully eliminated all the miracles of Jesus, all the references to His virgin birth, all mentions of Christ’s Resurrection, and any suggestions that Jesus is God. Jefferson’s version ends with Jesus’ burial on Good Friday and he called his account, “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” but is today more commonly known as “The Jefferson Bible.”
Years later Jefferson wrote that he had edited the Bible in order to separate the sublime from the ridiculous. He said, “I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.”
Maybe your actions are not quite as dramatic as those as Thomas Jefferson, but is there anything in the Bible you really wish was not there because it clashes with you intellect, interferes with your natural desires, does not fit into your agenda, is unacceptable to your plans or that you believe is culturally outdated?
In Luke 21:33, Jesus personally said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
While His disciples were observing or admiring the beauty of the buildings in Jerusalem, Jesus spoke those prevailing words as He foretold of Jerusalem’s impending destruction in 60 AD. But, the depth and truth of His statement is forever applicable to all of His Words, statements and promises which are given unto us.
Jesus was saying that “No word of mine will ever pass away unfulfilled.” The words and promises of Jesus Christ still remain for our direction, purification, comfort, redemption and assurance. But, they shall never pass away, for His words are ETERNAL.
Fashions may change, technology advance, possessions disappear, and prices fluctuate, but His Word is a sure foundation that will see you through any tough situation.
So take heed that you don’t be overcome by any temptation, led astray by any attack of atheism, sinful rebellion against God, or defeated by any negative circumstances that may surround you.
As He kept His promise that He would arise from the dead, know that He can be trusted to keep all of His promises towards you.