LA BIBLE: LE TRESOR LE PLUS PRECIEUX DE TOUS LES AGES

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LA BIBLE LE TRESOR LE PLUS PRECIEUX DE TOUS LES AGES

CHRIST THE ROCK CONGREGATION

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH 2018

Sermon by Pastor Marc E Simeon

LA BIBLE, LE TRESOR LE PLUS PRECIEUX DE TOUS LES AGES

THE BIBLE : THE MOST PRECIOUS TREASURE OF ALL AGES

2 Pierre 1:20-21

20 sachant tout d’abord vous-mêmes qu’aucune prophétie de l’Écriture ne peut être un objet d’interprétation particulière,

 21 car ce n’est pas par une volonté d’homme qu’une prophétie a jamais été apportée, mais c’est poussés par le Saint-Esprit que des hommes ont parlé de la part de Dieu.

 

20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation,

 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

INTRODUCTION

Every since my childhood, every second Sunday of December has always been a big deal in our church.

  • That’s when we celebrate the Bible.
  • Different bible contests went on in that époque, sometime among the churches in the community or the denomination.
  • Sometimes among the different Sunday school classes within the same church.
  • A lot of fun a lot of excitements.
  • In my early years in Boston, I found that they were doing Bible contest among churches.
  • My sister and I always represented our church. We were so good that we instilled fear to most of the contestants.
  • One day, when no one came to challenge us, they asked us to go against each other, and my sister beat me of course.

 

  • I was doing some researches to find out about who came up with the first idea to celebrate the Bible or to set the second Sunday of December as the Day of the Bible, but I had no success.
  • When I consider the ordeal that sacred Scriptures have gone through to become the number one best seller ever since the beginning of the press to the present, I realize that whoever came up with the idea to set a date to celebrate it was wise.

EXAMPLE OF THE LOST CHILD IN THE JUNGLE

  • To better comprehend the importance of the Bible, think what the world would be today without the Bible.
  • Imagine the dilemma a child would have, to find himself in a jungle with no information about himself.
  • A Think of the confusion and the litany of questions would bombard his mind.
    • Who am I?
    • What is my name?
    • How did I get here?
    • Where am I from?
    • Why am I here?
    • How did I come to exist?
    • Where are my parents?
    • Am I alone in this world?
    • What’s next?
  • Without some sort of revelation, there is no way this person could be at ease?
  • Let’s say that this person was lost in the jungle as an infant and captured and raised by a wild animal like the legend of Tarzan.
  • He will still be in search to know his true identity.
  • Let’s say that his parents never gave up searching for him.
  • One day while acting and behaving like animals, he spots some real human who introduced him to civilization.
  • After much search, several people came to claim him as their lost child.
  • What would it take to determine the real parents?
    • Photos
    • Place of birth
    • Name at birth
    • Birth certificate
    • Reasons for him being left in the jungle
    • Desperate efforts that were made to find him.
    • Resemblance with the family
    • Birth marks
  • Only the parents who could come up with the most convincing evidences would walk away with the rescued child.

MANKIND A LOST SPECIES AFTER THE FALL IN EDEN

  • Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, mankind got disconnected with His Creator and casted away far from His presence.
  • He was covered with darkness
  • He had no way to identify himself
  • He had no way to reconnect with home or his heavenly Father.
  • He was casted away from paradise and an angel kept watch so that he could not re-enter the Garden.
  • The kidnapers of his soul constantly fed him with all sorts of lies about his existence.
  • Mankind became so depraved to cause his Creator to regret ever creating him.
  • While this confusion is going on, God took it upon Himself to find the way to restore His relationship with humanity.
  • Only God, would be able to describe the true identity of man because He is his Creator.
  • In the process of reclaiming the human species, God would have to do a lot of explaining about:
    • Himself,
    • the entire creation, even before the genesis of the physical world,
    • the special relationship with mankind, (love)
    • the special manufacture of mankind, (bare hand, dust, breath of life, God’s image and resemblance)
    • the paradise of Eden,
    • the fall,
    • the tentative restorations already exhausted,
    • the never ending love that he conserved for mankind even at their state of depravation,
    • the provision for the restoration,
    • and the conditions for the renewal of the relationship.
    • God would have to put it on writing for all the descendants of Adam to see.
    • That’s why the Bible is so important.
    • It reconnect mankind to his root.

 

WHAT IS THE BIBLE?

  • A revelation of God to His most cherished creation.
  • God’s love letter to humanity
  • The map way for one to restore his relationship to God.
  • The food of the Spirit
  • A lamp to guide the way
  • A sword to defend all lies
  • A fortress to hide
  • A compass, a GPS to map our way to salvation
  • An anchor to hold our faith.
  • A mirror to see our true reflection
  • A birth certificate to help us to know our origin
  • The book of the history of humanity, past present, future.
  • A spiritual weapon against the enemies of God and mankind
  • A deed that states all the wealth that await the redeem
  • A treasure more precious than silver and gold.
  • A stimulus to righteousness
  • A guarantor, a written receipt of the glorious future awaited the saints
  • A shield against doubt
  • A comfort in times of sorrows
  • A book of prayer and exaltation to God
  • A book of history
  • A book of exhortation
  • A book of reconciliation
  • A book of poetry
  • A book of wisdom
  • A book of prophecy
  • A book of warning
  • A book of judgment
  • A book of triumph and victory
  • In psalm 119, the psalmist expresses his love and admiration and reverence for the word of God.

Ps 119:9 ¶ Comment le jeune homme rendra-t-il pur son sentier? En se dirigeant d’après ta parole.

9 ¶ How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.

  • The bible is able to keep you out of trouble
  • Following the Bible will turn a young man to a good Christian, a good citizen to his country, a good husband, a good father, a blessing to society at large.

11 ¶ Je serre ta parole dans mon cœur, Afin de ne pas pécher contre toi. 11 ¶ Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!

  • Joshua was advised by God to keep the Word of the Law close by and to observe it line by line and that would lead him to success.
  • Staying close to the word of God keeps you away from sin

19 ¶ Je suis un étranger sur la terre: Ne me cache pas tes commandements! 19 ¶ I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me.

  • The word of God keeps you informed in this strange world.
  • It help you to map your way to righteousness

57 ¶ Ma part, ô Éternel! je le dis, C’est de garder tes paroles. 57 ¶ You are my portion, O LORD; I have said that I would keep Your words

  • It is a solemn declaration when someone promises to God that he will keep His words.
  • Every serious believer ought to make the word of God the standard for his live.

67 ¶ Avant d’avoir été humilié, je m’égarais; Maintenant j’observe ta parole. 67 ¶ Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

  • A depart from the word of God can bring humiliation
  • A depart from the word of God will always lead to disorientation

71 ¶ Il m’est bon d’être humilié, Afin que j’apprenne tes statuts. 71 ¶ It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.

  • The repentant sinner tends to value the preciousness of the word of God more, for he has tasted hell in his departure from it.
  • Satan loves to sway the children of God away from the word of God so that he can humiliate them.
  • Many prodigal son and daughters of God have returned to testify of the goodness of God because they had a chance to compare the house of God verse outside.

72 ¶ Mieux vaut pour moi la loi de ta bouche Que mille objets d’or et d’argent. 72 ¶ The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

  • Christian maturity will cause you to see that all is vanity save the word of God.
  • What would it serve a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul.

91 C’est d’après tes lois que tout subsiste aujourd’hui, Car toutes choses te sont assujetties.

  • God is not only the maker, but also the sustainer of all things.
  • All the scientific and physical laws are made by God, he can reverse them at will.

101 ¶ Je retiens mon pied loin de tout mauvais chemin, Afin de garder ta parole. 101 ¶ I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your word.

  • The God fearers know that God is righteous and will not go alone with iniquity.
  • Ps 1:1 ¶ Heureux l’homme qui ne marche pas selon le conseil des méchants, Qui ne s’arrête pas sur la voie des pécheurs, Et qui ne s’assied pas en compagnie des moqueurs,
  • 2 Mais qui trouve son plaisir dans la loi de l’Éternel, Et qui la médite jour et nuit!
  • 3 Il est comme un arbre planté près d’un courant d’eau, Qui donne son fruit en sa saison, Et dont le feuillage ne se flétrit point: Tout ce qu’il fait lui réussit.
  • 4 ¶ Il n’en est pas ainsi des méchants: Ils sont comme la paille que le vent dissipe.
  • 5 C’est pourquoi les méchants ne résistent pas au jour du jugement, Ni les pécheurs dans l’assemblée des justes;
  • 6 Car l’Éternel connaît la voie des justes, Et la voie des pécheurs mène à la ruine.

105 ¶ Ta parole est une lampe à mes pieds, Et une lumière sur mon sentier. 105 ¶ NUN. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path

  • In this dark world, the fall of all humanity is certain, except for those who have the benefit to be illuminated by the word of God.
  • Falling in the snares of the enemy is guaranteed for all except for those whose paths are lighted by the word of God.

135 ¶ Fais luire ta face sur ton serviteur, Et enseigne-moi tes statuts! 135 ¶ Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.

  • Keeping the word of God also produces a glow in you.
  • Those in the spirit world can see that glow from afar and run away from you.
  • The face of Moses glowed after spending 40 days with God in the mountain.

162 ¶ Je me réjouis de ta parole, Comme celui qui trouve un grand butin. 162 ¶ I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. (NKJV)

In Conclusion

We need to cherish the word of God as someone who has uncovered a great hidden treasure.

When you consider this monument that took over 1500 years in the making and carefully preserved to be made available to you.

When you see how God used 40 authors in different times and lands to write you this beautiful love letter.

When you realized how many people who have lost their lives or all their possessions in defense of the Bible,

When you see how this book has transcended all ages and remain so fresh as if it was written yesterday,

When you see the singularity of the message of this compilation of 66 books,

When you see how you can be at ease because the book already told you about the past, the present, and the future,

You cannot help but say like David.

162 ¶ Je me réjouis de ta parole, Comme celui qui trouve un grand butin. 162 ¶ I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure. (NKJV)

Amen!

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