Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Hidden Books of the Bible

An old story illustrates the importance of reading the Bible. A certain man and his wife operated a mom and pop grocery market. One day this man, a butcher by trade,left his wife at home while he went to church to hear Charles Spurgeon preach. When her husband arrived back home, the wife casually inquired about the service. Getting no reply, she inquired, “What songs did they sing?”

“I don’t remember,” he mumbled.

She pressed him, “what was his text?”

“I don’t remember,” he insisted.

By this time her curiosity was a little aroused and she launched this parting volley: “Well, what good did it do for you to go to church this morning?”

“What good,” he whispered, “I’ll tell you what good! You know those scales out in the shop that really weigh just fourteen ounces to the pound? Before we open for business in the morning, I’m going to correct those scales to where they weigh a full sixteen ounces to the pound.”

Spurgeon’s Bible homily convicted the operator of that small family meat market. It changed his attitudes. It mended his behavior. It made him a better man, just as it will make better people of you and your family.

That story from the life of Spurgeon gives me the opportunity to play a little game with you. Read the following paragraph and tell me the 16 books of the Bible hidden in the paragraph.

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu. Kept people looking so hard for the facts; and for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized, but the truth really struck home to numbers of readers. To others it was a real job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others might require a few judges to help them. We will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them, and there will be a loud lamentations when it’s found. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are sixteen names of books of the Bible in this little story.

From Warner’s World,
I am yours for better living

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