Session Four The Doctrine of Preservation. The Promise of Preservation. *See Session Two: Bible Basics. Inspiration is clearly declared by God* Equally as clear is His promise to preserve These two principles must work together
*See Session Two: Bible Basics
Psalm 12:6, 7
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
I Peter 1:23-25
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endurethfor ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Psalms 12:7 – O LORD, thou shalt preserve them
Psalms 138:2 – thou hast magnified thy word
Preservation of the Bible as a…
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
Talmudic Rules for Old Testament Scribes*
*The scribal practices were very extensive; this is just a small sampling of the rules
The Hebrew Masoretic Text was the basis for the first Rabbinic Bible printed by Daniel Bomberg in 1516-17 A.D.
A second Rabbinic Bible was published in 1524-25 A.D. known as the Ben Chayyim Edition
This trustworthy compilation of the original language manuscripts (i.e. the Masoretic Text) was the basis for the King James translators
This was the unquestioned Hebrew text until Jacob ben Asher revised the work of Rudolf Kittel in 1967
I Timothy 3:15-17
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Timothyhad the scriptures
Timothy did not have the original autographs
The copies Timothy had known from a child are called scripture and are said to be inspired
Indisputably this passage teaches that preserved copies of scripture are the inspired word of God
Ecclesaistes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.