Memorizing Bible Verses: Why is it important?
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Here are seven areas where memorizing the Bible can help us to grow spiritually. You don’t have to memorize whole books of the Bible to benefit from Bible memorization. You should always be learning new verses that God can use in your life.
Aids in Spiritual Growth
God’s Word will help you grow spiritually mature when you allow it to permeate your thinking.
Helps When Fighting Temptation
Our Lord Jesus quoted verses from the Old Testament to resist the various temptations of Satan.
Fills Our Mind With Spiritual Thoughts
Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8
Our minds are transformed by thinking on the pure Word of God.
Shows Our Love for the Lord
John 14:15, 21
We show our love by obeying His commands. We must learn God’s Word and make them a part of our life so that we know what it is He expects of us.
Keeps Us From Sin
Psalm 119:9, 11
Hiding God’s Word in our heart will keep sin from staining our hands.
Prepares Us to Speak for the Lord
1 Peter 3:15
The world is seeking an answer for the hope that we have. It is transmitted when we are able to share God’s Word with them.
Teaches Us to be Mature Christians
2 Timothy 3:15-17
The list started with spiritual growth and ends with spiritual maturity. God’s Word in our hearts and minds is what brings that transition in our lives.
Ask the Lord to help you in memorizing verses. Learn what they mean and you will be surprised as to how often the Holy Spirit gives you opportunity to apply those verses in you life.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16
Palsy is a general term which can refer to various types of paralysis. In the Bible it seems to be used for various types of conditions having to do with motor control or lack of feeling. This could be a permanent or temporary paralysis. It could also be related to seizures. Some translations of the Bible use the word paralytic.
Palsy could affect the whole body, one side or just a single limb or digit.
Of course there are many diseases today which still bear the name palsy. Wikipedia has a list of some of the common ones.
One type of neurological problem that might be called palsy is catalepsy which is a condition of the nervous system. It is a muscular stiffness which is usually accompanied with a lack of feeling or sensitivity to pain stimulus. It can be a symptom of epilepsy or a disease like Parkinson’s.
The most common use of the word palsy in the Bible is the story of the man who was brought to Jesus and let down through the roof of a house by his friends. This story is found in Matthew 9, Mark 2 and Luke 5.
Besides this man, there is a story of Jesus healing the centurion’s servant who had palsy in Matthew 8. Peter also healed a man with palsy in Acts 9.
In all the above cases the word used for palsy is παραλυτικός (paralytikos) and παραλύω (paralyo). These are similar words that mean a relaxing of the muscles or a general weakness. The idea of the Greek word is that it is along one side of the body.
In Matthew 12 a man with a withered hand was healed by the Lord. The word in that instance is one that means to dry up. Specifically it can be applied to a body part that has not gotten the proper fluids. This is the word ξηρός (xeros). Though this is not the word palsy, it could be related to catalepsy mentioned above.
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
These words in Aramaic are a reference to Psalm 22. If you read the entire Psalm you will see the events in David’s life being played out in the life of the Savior. While David is writing about what has happened to him, it is prophetic of what would happen to the Lord on the cross.
His lips were parched. His garments were won by wager. People shook their heads and said that Christ should trust in God to deliver him. All these words (and more) are found both in the account of Christ on the cross as well as in Psalm 22.
Then we are told later in Matthew 27 that the people thought he was calling for Elijah (Elias). They said to leave Christ alone and let Elijah come to His aid.
Psalm 22 ends with a glorious proclamation by David. Sure many horrible things had happened to him, but he was confident in God that all would be made right. He knew that God was the Victor. God would overcome the enemy.
25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the LORD for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.
I sat listening to the missionary’s testimony in church tonight and was saddened, but not shocked, at his experience at church. He grew up going to Sunday school and church. He continued attending through high school and even after he got married. But eventually he and his wife stopped making church a priority. The soon fell away from church attendance.
Several years passed and they were invited to visit an adult Sunday school class at a Baptist church. That particular weekend they did not have anything to do since they were stuck in a hotel room waiting to move into their new house. Instead of sitting in the hotel they decided to visit that Sunday school class.
The missionary said that he learned things that Sunday morning in church and Sunday school that he never knew were in the Bible. He attended church until he was an adult, yet he was never taught, or at least had not learned, what was in God’s Word. He did not say what type of church he grew up in, but it really could be any church.
Many churches teach about the Bible, which is good and necessary, but it is also vitally important that you teach the Bible itself. Don’t teach only the moral to the story without teaching the story. Sadly many people are taught what the Bible is about without learning what is actually in the Bible.
People are hungry for the Word of God. If you will teach it clearly then people will eagerly learn.
Are you in a church that talks about the Bible but never teaches its contents? Talk with your pastor and see if he will help you learn God’s Word. Start reading the Bible yourself.
If you are a teacher in a church, be careful to teach the contents of the Bible. Don’t assume everyone knows the stories. Don’t be guilty of saying, “you know in the story of …” The people you are teaching may not know that story. Take two extra minutes and read the verses in the Bible so that everyone knows what the Bible says. Then you can make your application much more effectively.
Summary of the Book of Ezra
Ezra is the first book in the post-exilic period of Israel. King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel and carried the Jews away as captives in 606 BC. Israel was under Babylonian control until approximately 536 BC when the Medo-Persian Empire took control. The book of Ezra begins its history at the beginning of the Medo-Persian rule.
Author of Ezra
Ezra is the author of the book and is also the main character in the story starting in chapter 7 (Ezra 7:1, 11, 25, 28; 8:15-17, etc.). Though the book does not specifically claim Ezra as the author, the writing style changes from third person in chapters 1-6 to first person for the rest of the book. This coincides with when Ezra became the leader of the people out of Babylon headed to Jerusalem. He was a priest and the son of Saraiah (7:1-5). Ezra was a scribe which are sometimes called lawyers in the New Testament (7:6, 21). He was a godly man (7:10).
The book was written shortly after Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in 458 BC. It covers the history of Israel for the years 536 to 456 BC. The book starts where the book of 2 Chronicles ends and is a continuation of that book which is apparently written by the same author.
Ezra, like the books of Chronicles, was written some time between 460 and 440 BC.
Purpose of Ezra
While there is no specified audience (like the other historical books), Ezra is clearly writing to outline the history of the re-establishment of Jerusalem. This book covers a period of about 80 years. The book opens with the first wave of Jews returning to Jerusalem. Then 78 years later there is a second group who came to the city to rebuild.
The first group was led by Zerubbabel and is covered in chapters 1-6. Ezra led the second group in chapters 7-10. Continue reading Bible Study: Ezra – Summary of the Book