What is the Bible?
How many times in life do we say, "I wish God would speak to me?!?"
Yet, we often forget that God has ALREADY spoken His Word to us. God speaks in many different ways, but one obvious, profound and clear method He speaks is in His word: the Bible.
Sacred Scripture (the Bible) is God's very word. He inspired men, over the course of thousands of years by His Holy Spirit, to write the words to speak, and to account the details of His interactions with humanity.
Even before it was written down, sacred scripture was passed on by Tradition, orally, for centuries. It was written by over forty different authors, on three different continents, in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek).
The Bible we know as we know it today is considered to be the most historically preserved literature of all time, none other coming even remotely close in comparison.
Scripture is divided into two main parts: the Old Testament, and the New Testament. Testament is another word for Covenant, meaning God's promise to us.
Even though the seventy-three books of the Bible took place at different parts of history, in different places, in different languages, written by different people, it has one storyline: God's plan of salvation for us.
All of the Scriptures (whether Old Testament or New Testament) are one story with continuity from beginning to end. The message is plain: that God loves us, and despite our sin, has a plan to save us, through His son Jesus.
God's word is living, it's alive, it's sharper than a two-edged sword, it applies to us today, and He gives it to us as a map so we can live in His plan and in His will.
EXERCISE: God wants to speak to us, and the simplest way to hear from Him daily is by picking up the Bible, the Sacred Scriptures and reading His word for us.