THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
When my husband, James Rowles, was in the seminary,
he was invited to preach at a small rural church.
However, the man who was to introduce him to the
congregation had trouble pronouncing his name.
So James ?offered this verbal clue:
“Remember rolls, like hot buttered rolls.”
When it came time ?for the introduction,
the man announced,
“We are pleased to have with us the Reverend
Ruth Rowles, Halifax, Virginia
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:
for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song;
he also is become my salvation.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth
a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us.
LIGHT from the WORD.
To me, one of the most important realizations I had as a
teenager was finding that the Jesus of the New Testament
is the same as the LORD JEHOVAH of the Old Testament.
This understanding put Bible study in a new light for me.
Because, it made me realize that studying the Bible is
all about studying the principle character: GOD!
The word "Emmanuel" is derived from the Hebrew
`Immanuw'el, which means: with us is God.
It is also derived from the Greek Emmanouel
which means: God is with us.
the One Who walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam & Eve;
the One Who called Noah to build the ark;
the One Who gave Moses the Ten Commandments;
The One Who told Isaiah, "...beside Me there is no Savior."
(See Is. 43:11)
The REASON is because Jesus is ETERNAL!
He has ALWAYS been the "WORD" of God;
the Divine expression of God. (See John 1:1)
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,!"
When you're studying the Bible, remember the Principal
Character is GOD!