It is most interesting to note that whenever someone in the Bible is seen reading or remarking upon the scriptures they always take the Bible literally and base their actions upon that belief.
Daniel’s Prayer for His People
Here is a example of this in the Book of Daniel: we see Daniel reading the Book of Jeremiah and knowing that the Babylonian captivity was prophesized to be 70 years and knowing that the 70 years were up, knew that God would require a prayer of forgiveness so he begin to pray.
Daniel 9.1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
Another important point to consider is the fact that all prophecies that have thus far been fulfilled have been fulfilled in a literal sense. There can be no doubt, then, that the rest of Scripture is to be taken in the same plain and literal manner.
If we do not read the Bible as literally true, we will not be reading the Bible as the Old Testament readers, Jesus, and the Apostles interpreted the scriptures.
The three mostly widely recognized miracles in the Bible are:
- God creating the earth and the heavens in six literal 24 hour days
- Noah and his family sole survivors of a worldwide flood in an ark
- Jonah surviving three days and nights in the belly of a great fish
Yet Jesus himself mentioned all three of these miracles and in the context that they are mentioned, Jesus speaks of them as literally true.
Matthew12.40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Matthew24.37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Mark13.19 For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.
The Bible must be read and taken literally; the Old Testament believers did, Jesus did, and the Apostles did…we also need to if we are to trust the Bible as they did.
Published on Friday, October 29, 2010 @ 6:53 AM CDT