Bible Sermon Illustrations

Bible Sermon Illustrations

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We search the world for truth. We cull
The good, the true, the beautiful
From graven stone and written scroll,
And all old flower-beds of the soul;
And, weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find all the sages said
Is in the Book our mothers read. —Gospel Herald

An Architect's view

The Bible is like a magnificent palace constructed of precious oriental stone, comprising 66 stately chambers. Each one of these rooms is different from its fellows and is perfect in its individual beauty, while together they form an edifice incomparable, majestic, glorious and sublime.

In the book of Genesis we enter the vestibule where we are immediately introduced to the records of the mighty works of God in creation. This vestibule gives access to the Law Courts, passing through which we come to the Picture Gallery of the Historical Books. Here we find hung upon the walls scenes of battles, heroic deeds, and portraits of valiant men of God. Beyond the Picture Gallery we find the Philosopher's Chamber—the Book of Job—passing through which we enter the Music Room, the Book of Psalms, and here we linger, thrilled by the grandest harmonies that ever fell on human ears. Then we come to the Business Office—the Book of Proverbs—in the very centre of which stands the motto, 'Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people'. Leaving the Business Office we pass into the Research Department—Ecclesiastes—and thence into the Conservatory—the Song of Solomon—where greet us the fragrant aroma of choicest fruits and flowers and the sweet singing of birds. We then reach the Observatory where the prophets with their powerful telescopes are looking for the appearing of the 'Bright and Morning Star', prior to the dawning of the Sun of Righteousness. Crossing the courtyard we come to the Audience Chamber of the King—the Gospels—where we find four life-like portraits of the King himself, revealing the perfections of His infinite beauty. Next we enter the workroom of the Holy Spirit—the Acts—and beyond that the Correspondence Room, the Epistles, where we see Paul, Peter, James, John and Jude busy at their tables under the personal direction of the Spirit of Truth. Finally we enter the Throne Room—the book of Revelation—where we are enraptured by the mighty volume of adoration and praise addressed to the enthroned King, which fills the vast chamber; while in the adjacent galleries and Judgement Hall there are portrayed solemn scenes of judgment and wondrous scenes of glory associated with the coming manifestation of the Son of God as King of kings and Lord of lords.—Selected

(John 5. 39; Luke 24. 27, 44-45)

Authorship of Bible

John Wesley said that the Bible must have been written by God, or good men, or bad men, or angels, or devils. Bad men or devils would not write it because of the condemnation of sin and pronouncement of fearful judgment upon the sinner. Good men or angels would not deceive men by lying as to its authority and claiming that God was the writer. Therefore the Bible must have been written, as it claims to have been written, by God Who by His Spirit inspired men to record His words, using the human instrument to communicate it to man.

(2 Tim. 3. 16; 2 Pet. 1. 21)

The authorship of this book is wonderful. Here are words written by kings, by emperors, by princes, by poets, by sages, by philosophers, by fishermen, by statesmen, by men learned in the wisdom of Egypt, educated in the schools of Babylon, trained at the feet of Rabbis in Jerusalem.

It was written by men in exile, in the desert, in shepherds' tents, in green pastures and beside still waters.

Among its authors we find a taxgatherer, a herdsman, a gatherer of sycamore fruit; we find poor men, rich men, statesmen, preachers, captains, legislators, judges, exiles.

The Bible is a library filled with history, genealogy, ethnology, law, ethics, prophecy, poetry, eloquence, medicine, sanitary science, political economy, and perfect rules for personal and social life. Its diction declares its Divine Speaker.—Hastings

(Exod. 34. 27, 28; 2 Sam. 23. 1; Prov. 1. 1; Eccles. 1. 1; Song of Songs 1. 1; Isa. 1. 1; Jer. 1. 1, 2; 36. 32; Hos. 1. 1; Joel 1. 1; Amos 7. 14, 15; Jonah 1. 1; Mic. 1. 1; Zeph. 1. 1; Hag. 1. 1; Zech. 1. 1; Mal. 1. 1; Luke 1. 1-4; Acts 1. 1; Rom. 1.1.; James 1. 1; 1 Pet. 1. 1; 2 Pet. 1. 1; Jude 1; Rev. 1. 4)

Christ's estimate of the Bible

I cannot conceive of a true disciple of Christ who belittles or disparages his Master's estimate of the Word of God. The Lord Jesus was accustomed to take the Old Testament in His hand and appeal to it on all occasions, and His word is 'The Scriptures cannot be broken'. If you and I are to be disciples of Jesus, then it behoves us to see to it that we rate the Bible as highly as He rated it.—J. Russell Howden

(Matt. 5. 17, 18; Luke 4. 21; John 5. 39; 10. 35)

In an Indiana wilderness near Gentryville I went once to visit the old Pigeon Creek Baptist Church. The original church is gone, but the present structure is just about the same as the church of a hundred years ago. Backless benches are the only pews. In front of the pulpit platform is an old-fashioned marble-topped table. On the plain wooden pulpit lies a Bible from which the preacher preaches—a Bible whose declarations he believes and upon which he does not try to improve. A water bucket stands in one corner at the back of the church, and a stove in the middle. On the two sides are two windows with little squares of glass in them. Outside, the wind sighs in the oaks and hickory-nut trees. The Sabbath morning has come and the congregation is assembling. Here they come from every direction, on foot and on horseback—hardy, God-fearing pioneers.

Among the worshipers comes Sally Bush, with two stepchildren by her side. One of these children is Sarah, the other a tall, gangling boy with sallow complexion and a shock of coarse, tawny hair. The mother sits on a backless bench with Sarah on one side and Abraham on the other. The preacher prays long and preaches longer, and on his lips are the accents of predestination, preterition, regeneration, sanctification, and adoption. Years afterward, that tall, sallow boy with his shock of coarse hair stirred the nation with his speeches on the Union and slavery. The most striking thing about these speeches was the use Abraham Lincoln made of the Bible. As Lowell said of him, "He spoke in the grand simplicites of the Old and New Testament." Where did he get that familiarity with the saving truths and the noble music of the Bible? He got it sitting Sunday after Sunday by the side of Sally Bush on a backless bench, listening to a Hard-Shell Baptist preacher who knew little else besides the Bible—but who knew his Bible, and preached its truths and spoke its language.

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