Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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Fruitful garden

Our fathers read the Book when the blinds were drawn in the home, and they read it through tears. The tears hindered the physical vision, but they vivified the vision of the soul. Our fathers took that Book as their help when trade was bad, and the battle of bread waxed hot, and all around them was a dark, discouraging wilder­ness. But they heard the Bible say concerning itself what it represents God as saying, 'Have I been a wilderness unto you?' And they said, `No, it has been a fruitful garden and well watered. It has been everything we needed.' Surely it is too late in the day to whittle down the infinite authority of this blessed Book!—Dinsdale T. Young

(Prov. 6. 22-23; Ps. 19. 10; 119. 165; Job 23. 12)


Guide to man

The Bible? That's the Book-the Book indeed,
The Book of books,

Of which who looks,
As he should do, aright, shall never need
Wish for a better light

To guide him in the night.George Herbert

(Ps. 119. 105; Prov. 6. 22, 23)


Hatred of the Bible

Man's hatred of the Bible has been of a most persistent, determined, relentless and bitter character. It has led to eighteen centuries of repeated attempt to undermine faith in the Bible, and to consign the Bible itself to oblivion. These attempts have utterly failed. Celsus tried it with the brilliance of his genius, and he failed. Porphyry tried it with the depth of subtlety of his philosophy, and he failed. Lucien tried it with the keenness of his satire, and he failed. Then other weapons were used. Diocletian, the mightiest ruler of the mightiest empire of the world, brought to bear against the Bible all the power of Rome. He issued edicts that every Bible should be burned, but that failed. Then he issued an edict that all who possessed a Bible should be put to death. But even that failed.

So for centuries the assault upon the Bible was continued. Every engine of destruction that human philosophy, human science, human reason, human art, human cunning, human force, and human brutality could bring to bear against a book has been brought to bear against this Book, and yet the Bible stands absolutely unshaken today. At times almost all the wise and great of the earth have been pitted against the Bible, and only an obscure few for it. Yet it has stood.—Dr. R. Torrey

(Ps. 19. 9; 1 Pet. 1. 24, 25)


Knowledge of the Bible

I thoroughly believe in a university education for both men and women, but I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college education is more valuable than a college education without the Bible.—William Lyon Phelps of Yale University

(John 8. 32)


The following illustrates three ways of reading the Bible, and only one way of reading it so that the reader may get to know it and derive benefit from it.

The late H. P. Barker, a master of illustration, described three things he saw in a garden among the plants and flowers. The first object was a butterfly that alighted on an attractive flower, sat for a second or two, then moved on to another, seeing and touching many lovely blossoms but deriving no benefit from them. Next came a botanist with a large notebook and a microscope. He spent some time over each flower and plant and made copious notes of each. But when he had finished, his knowledge was shut away in his notebook: very little of it remained in his mind. Then a busy bee came along, entering a flower here and there and spending some time in each, but emerging from each blossom laden with pollen. It went in empty and came out full.

There are those who read the Bible, going from one favourite passage to another, but getting little from their reading. Others really study and make notes, but do not really get to know the teachings of the Scriptures. Others, like the bee, spend time over the Word, read, mark and inwardly digest it; and it feeds their minds with wisdom and their lives with heavenly sweetness.

(Ps. 19. 10; John 7. 17; 2 Pet. 1. 2, 3)


I supposed I knew my Bible, reading piecemeal hit or miss-
Now a bit of 'John' or 'Matthew', now a snatch of 'Genesis',
Certain chapters of `Isaiah', certain Psalms, the twenty-third,
Twelfth of 'Romans', first of 'Proverbs'; Yes! I thought I knew the Word.
But I found a thorough reading was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar when I read the Bible through.
Ye who treat the crown of writings as ye treat no other book-
Just a paragraph disjointed, just a crude, impatient look-
Try a worthier procedure, try a broad and steadier view.
You will kneel in very rapture when you read the Bible through.—Selected

(John 5. 39; 1 Cor. 2. 13; 1 Tim. 4. 13)


Bible in Literature

The Bible is a book of facts as well authenticated as any heathen history, a book of miracles incontestably avouched, a book of prophecy confirmed by past as well as present fulfilment, a book of poetry—pure, natural and elevateda book of morals such as human wisdom never framed, for the perfection of human happiness.

(Ps. 19. 9; John 17. 17)


Whence but from Heaven could men unskilled in arts,
In several ages born, in several parts,
Weave such agreeing truths? Or how, or why
Should all conspire to cheat us with a lie?
Unasked their pains, ungrateful their advice,
Starving their gains and martyrdom their price.
Then for the style, majestic and divine,

It speaks no less than God in every line—
Commanding words whose force is still the same
As the first
fiat that produced their frame.
All faiths beside, they did by arms ascend,
Or sense indulged has made mankind their friend,
This doctrine only doth our lust oppose,
Unfed by nature's soil on which it grows.

(Exod. 20. 1; 2 Pet. 1. 21)

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