Monday, March 14, 2022
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11,12 KJV).
Unbelieving Israel has taken God’s words for granted for many centuries, so now He will be silent for the next 400 years. May we not be so foolish in declining the Divine revelation given us!
Referring to the 1300s, when the printing press was undiscovered and books were still written by hand, one writer penned the following words: “So scanty was the supply of Bibles at this time, that but few of those who craved its teaching could hope to possess the sacred volume. But this lack was partly made up by the earnestness of those whose interest was awakened in the Bible. If only a single copy was owned in a neighborhood, these hard-working laborers and artisans would be found together, after a weary day of toil, reading in turn, and listening to the words of life; and so sweet was the refreshment to their spirits, that sometimes the morning light surprised them with its call to a new day of labor, before they thought of sleep.”
In the fourteenth century, a professional copyist labored steadily for 10 months to produce a Bible by hand. That Book could be rented for one hour—the price being an entire load of hay! It could be purchased—the fee was a clergyman’s annual salary! With the arrival of Gutenberg’s printing press circa 1436, and books now being produced at a considerable rate, it was stated, “Let us hope that the low pricing of the Bible may never occasion the low prizing of the Bible.” Yet, with all the billions of Bibles around the world at this very moment, the human race is as ignorant of its teachings as ever. It has repeated Israel’s sin in today’s Scripture….
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Should we pray with people of various denominations?”