Note: In the closing application to last Sunday morning’s sermon from Nehemiah 8:1-12 on Ezra the scribe reading the law of God to the returned exiles, I shared this anecdote (taken from Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Evangelism: A Biblical Approach, p. 1):
The Puritan minister John Rogers (c. 1570-1636) once preached to his congregation about their neglect of Scripture. He imagined what God might say to them: “I have trusted you so long with my Bible…it lies in [some] houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible so? Well, you shall have my Bible no longer.”
With that said, Rogers picked up the Bible and began to walk away from the pulpit.
Then, he took on the role of the people and fell on his knees pleading, “Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods; only spare us Thy Bible, take not away Thy Bible.”
Assuming again the part of God Himself, Rogers replies to the congregation, “Say you so? Well, I will try you a little longer; and here is my Bible for you. I will see how you use it, whether you will search it more, love it more, observe it more, and live more according to it.”
May we learn to treasure God’s Word more dearly.
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle
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