66 Books, written over centuries and centuries of history, organized as such into the accepted canon of scripture we know today as The Holy Bible. Sure, other writings are available and have been presented as acceptable by some, but the basic 66 stand up as the established, living Word of God Himself.
Organized by man, influenced by the Holy Spirit, none of the original manuscripts contained commas, periods, quotation marks or any punctuation – man added these later.
Jews and Christians alike are taught to believe the Book to be the inerrant Word of God. Does it contain errors? Of course it does, but not in any spiritual sense. It is a writing that lives! One can read it his entire life, over and over again, and still get some brand new inspiration from it.
Much has been said about it, but I wish to point out something very simple today.
The manuscripts were written in the form of chapter and verse. The shortest Chapter in the Bible is Psalm 117. You know the author; his name is David. King David is praising God for His steadfast Love and Truth. In the KJV, Psalm 117 is as follows:
Psa 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Psa 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
The longest Chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. In this one David is emphasizing the great importance of God’s word and at times seems to be lamenting his busy life because he does not have more time to read it. Remember, David only had the first 5 books of Moses. Today we call it the Pentateuch.
The very center Chapter in the Bible is Psalm 118. Psalm 118 speaks to the LORD’s mercy. It’s very interesting that after all the organizing by man, 594 Chapters appear before Psalm 118 and 594 appear after Psalm 118!
594 + 594 = 1188
What is the very center verse in the Holy Bible?
Psa 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
I believe with every fiber of my being; God is trying to tell us something here!