Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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A Letter in The Sea

The editor of The Dawn vouches for this incident, which he received from one of the persons concerned. Some years ago a steamer was wrecked. One of the crew succeeded in supporting himself upon a piece of wreckage, and the horror of his position awoke the pangs of conscience. It was a mail steamer, and hundreds of letters floated by him in the water. One, the envelope of which the water had made transparent, caught his eye: he saw a verse of Scripture, and he seized the letter. It was from a lady in England to a soldier in India. That letter brought him to Christ there and then. When he landed—for he was rescued—he found the lady from the address on the letter. She said: "I felt God tell me to write that letter to the soldier; but I confess that when I heard the mail boat had gone down, I wondered why God had done it." He said: "You may write another letter to the soldier if you wish; but this letter goes with me to my grave."—The Alliance Weekly.


Diamonds Wrapped in The Bible

An English diamond merchant packing some gems which he was sending to a trader in India, wrapped each one separately with great care. Coming to the last and costliest of them all, he used as its covering the first three chapters of the Gospel of John, tearing them, as he had done other Gospel portions, from a waste volume in his office, because the soft paper made an ideal wrapping. A Hindu, to whom this precious stone was sent, received with it what was infinitely more precious to him than the diamond which it covered—a leaf from the Book of Life, whereon he found the words: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should ... have everlasting life." He was astounded. He spoke to many about his "find," and constantly inquired: "Why did I not know this before?" The Word grew in his heart, by the power of God's Spirit. "'Surely," said he, "this means me—this salvation is for me." By faith he accepted it; he told others of it, until, when a European missionary went to that place, expecting to find only heathen, he found a large gathering of Indian Christians.—Christian Victory.


Moody's Prayer for His School

Rumor has it that when Dwight L. Moody was dedicating the first building of what later became the Moody Bible Institute, he gave the cornerstone a vigorous whack with the trowel and then made an invocation to this effect: "Lord, you know that what this old world needs more than anything else is thy Word. We pray that if the day ever comes when anything contrary to the Bible is taught here, you will wipe this school from the face of the earth."—From "Moody Marches On," by Clarence Hall, in the Christian Herald.


Is It Our Trouble, Too?

In a certain well-known Bible school the instructor was talking to a pupil, a young man in his twenties, who had difficulty in remembering Bible verses and references. He had come to the instructor for advice. "What do you read in the morning?" asked the instructor. The student replied that, after his quiet time, he had been in the habit of reading the newspaper. "How much time do you give to the reading of the newspaper?" continued the instructor. "About an hour, I guess," answered the student, "including the time that I read it on my way to work. Then I read the evening paper for about an hour at night." "And you are asking me why it is that you cannot remember your Bible verses?" asked the instructor significantly. —Sunday School Times


Unknown Riches

Several years ago an old man living in New Jersey discovered about $5,000 in a family Bible. The bank notes were scattered throughout the Book. In 1874 the aunt of this man had died, and one clause of her will was as follows:

"To my beloved nephew, Steven Marsh, I will and bequeath my family Bible, and all it contains, with the residue of my estate after my funeral expenses and just and lawful debts are paid."

The estate amounted to a few hundred dollars, which were soon spent, and for about thirty-five years his chief support had been a small pension from the Government. He lived in poverty, and all the time within his reach there was the precious Bible containing thousands of dollars, sufficient for all his wants. He passed the Bible by. His eyes rested on it, perhaps his hands handled the old leather-bound Bible, with its brass clasps, but he did not open it once. At last, while packing his trunk, to move to his son, where he intended to spend his few remaining years, he discovered the unknown riches which were in his possession. What thoughts of regret must have come to his mind. If he only had opened that Bible years ago, he then might have used the money to great advantage. Instead of it the treasure lay idle for thirty-five years. And he might have had it and enjoyed it all that time.

This is a sad story. But there is something infinitely sadder than the experience of this man. It is the neglect of the Bible by God's people. Our God has given to His people a costly treasure in His own Word. In this Book of books the riches of the wisdom and knowledge, the love and grace of God are made known. All the child of God needs spiritually is to be found on its pages; all wants are there supplied. And yet these riches, put at our display by a loving Father, are unknown and unused riches. Instead of being enjoyed, used, and in using them multiplied, they are neglected.

Many of God's people are dragging along in a spiritually impoverished state, when they might have all their need supplied and constantly increase in the knowledge of God. Occasionally we receive letters from aged Christians, including preachers. They tell us how they deplore the fact that they did not know certain truths thirty or forty years agso. "How different my Christian life and experience as well as my service might have been," is what an old Christian wrote to us recently. And all this time these riches were in the Bible, they might have enjoyed them. Oh, the neglected Bible! May we arise and possess our possession.—Faithful Words


Is Deuteronomy True?

A few years ago in a railroad train, a lawyer, seeing I had my Bible in my hand, asked, "Do you believe that Deuteronomy belongs to the canon of Scripture?" He had been reading infidelity and criticism of the Word of God. I answered by asking the question, "Do you believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead?" He said, "Yes, certainly, I believe the resurrection of the God-Man to be the best authenticated fact in all history. But that has nothing to do," he said, "with my question of the inspiration of the Book of Deuteronomy." "Oh, yes, it has," was my reply. "Was Christ, as proved by the resurrection, divine and God's Son and perfect in life and teaching?" "Yes." "Then you have taken your question to the final court of appeal. Christ expounded unto them the Scriptures beginning at Moses and all the prophets, concerning himself, and called it Scripture, and endorsed it as God's Word. Deuteronomy was in it"—Sunday School Times


Chemistry in the Bible

The greatest miracle of the Bible is its chemical accuracy. The first book of the Bible says man was made out of the dust of the earth, and this is literally and scientifically true. In the dust of the earth, there are fourteen different chemical elements, and in the body of man, there are those same fourteen chemical elements.—Dr. E. E. Slosson, a famous chemist.

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