Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Bible Repays Study

"The Bible will richly repay study, but only if the conditions are observed which common sense dictates. It has no power of working like a charm, so that a chapter read in a couple of min­utes by a preoccupied mind can do any good. The mind must rest on it and give itself time to receive impressions. It requires the whole force of our thinking and the whole of our feeling."—Stalker.


Military Stratagem and Bible

A Brigade Major with General Allenby's forces in Palestine during World War I was reading his Bible one night by the light of a candle, looking for the name "Michmash." His brigade had been ordered to capture a village of that name which stood on a rocky hill just across a deep valley. The name had seemed vaguely familiar.

Finally, in Samuel I, Chapter 13, he read: "And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but the Philistines encamped in Michmash." The major went on to read how Jonathan and his armor-bearer went over to the Philistines' garrison alone one night, through a pass that had "a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh." They climbed the rocky hill till they came to "a half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow." Then the Philistines awoke, thought they were surrounded by the armies of Saul, and "the multitude melted away."

Saul then attacked with his whole army, and "so the Lord saved Israel that day."

The major thought to himself, "This pass, those two rocky headlands and the flat piece of ground are probably still there." He woke the brigadier, and they read over the story. Scouts were sent out and found the pass, thinly held by the Turks; rocky crags were on either side — obviously Bozez and Seneh — and high up in Michmash moonlight showed a small flat piece of ground.

Then and there the general changed his plan of attack: instead of sending the whole brigade, one company alone was sent along the pass at dead of night. The few Turks met were silently dealt with; the hill was climbed; and just before dawn the company found itself on the flat bit of ground. The Turks awoke, thought they were surrounded by the armies of Allenby, and fled in disorder. Every Turk in Michmash was killed or captured that night.

And so, after thousands of years, the tactics of Saul and Jonathan were repeated with success by a British force. Major Vivian Gilbert, Romance of the Last Crusade (Appleton-Century).


The Bible Lives!

Generation follows generation — yet it lives.
Nations rise and fall — yet it lives.
Kings, dictators, presidents come and go —yet it lives,
Hated, despised, cursed — yet it lives.
Doubted, suspected, criticized — yet it lives.
Condemned by atheists — yet it lives.
Scoffed at by scorners — yet it lives.
Exaggerated by fanatics — yet it lives.
Misconstrued and misstated—yet it lives.
Ranted and raved about — yet it lives.
Its inspiration denied — yet it lives.
Yet it lives—as a lamp to our feet.
Yet it lives—as a light to our path.
Yet it lives—as the gate to heaven.
Yet it lives—as a standard for childhood.
Yet it lives—as a guide for youth.
Yet it lives—as an inspiration for the matured.
Yet it lives—as a comfort for the aged.
Yet it lives—as food for the hungry.
Yet it lives—as water for the thirsty.
Yet it lives—as rest for the weary.
Yet it lives—as light for the heathen.
Yet it lives—as salvation for the sinner.
Yet it lives—as grace for the Christian.
To know it is to love it.
To love it is to accept it.
To accept it means life eternal.Religious Digest


Family Bible Survives Royal Chapel Bombing

When the Royal Chapel at Buckingham Palace was bombed, some beautiful and valuable things were destroyed.

But among the treasures that escaped was the king's family Bible — on the flyleaves of which are recorded the royal births, marriages, and deaths for several generations.

The secretary who found the Bible among the ruins wrote to a friend saying: "We took it as an omen of what is going to survive when this war is finally over."Now.


My Bible

That grand old Book, my Bible,
With pages soiled by years,
Has been a comfort all through life
'Mid happiness and tears.

With comfort for the aged
Who near death's portal door;
And blessings for the children
Whose lives are all before.

To sinners in the natural, this
Good Book tells their fate,
And warns them to accept the Lord
Before it is too late.

There're many leaves with marks upon,
That when I'd turned away
The baby hands had scribbled up,
In part of childish play.

And if those selfsame little ones
Who've marked my Book in play,
Make this dear Book their rule through life
They"ll never go astray!

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