Recently, someone gave me a small, ancient-looking leather Bible dated 1860. It has the previous owner’s name on the inside cover along with personal notes on the back.
As I hungrily opened its intricately engraved cover, my first impression was (despite modern version changes) from Genesis to Revelations, it still said the same thing it says today. Even in our age of electronic bibles available on all handheld devices, there is a sameness to the content and message.
I flipped to the back and even found penciled- in notes from the ancient owner. I felt so encouraged as I flipped through its pages. It got someone through over 100 years before I was born. Someone feasted on these pages and found a table in the wilderness. They came through their deep waters and these pages are a testament to their victory.
The words of Solomon came to mind when he charged people with these words,
“Do not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up” Proverbs 22:28 (NRSV).
Just because something is newer does not make it better. There are modern movements espousing ideas that have all but dismissed the Bible as less than the eternal word of God. This has been done in favor of people’s personal feelings of what truth is versus the fact that truth is fixed and objective and has nothing to do with feelings . After all can you really remove what is settled in heaven?
“Your Word is firmly fixed in heaven.” Psalm 119:89 (NRSV)
That same word that spoke to our ancient reader is as relevant and powerful today. You cannot build your life on personal feeling that are subject to change, but you can build your life on His eternal unchanging Word.