Sample Topic: How the Bible Uses the Phrase “the Word of the Lord”


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ICC ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Dr. K. Renato Lings

Introduction


Many churches around the world, including the ICC, frequently use the phrase “this is the word of the Lord” in connection with scripture readings. This tradition is so familiar that most Christians take it for granted. However, the Bible itself does not describe scripture this way. If we study the prophets, the book of Acts, the letters of Paul, and the gospels, we will discover that “the word of the Lord” had a different meaning in biblical times.

 

The First Testament (Hebrew Scriptures)

What does “the word of the Lord” mean in these passages?


1 Samuel 15:10; 2 Sam 7:4; 2 Sam 24:11

Isaiah 1:10; 66:5

Jeremiah 1:2; 1:11; 2:1; 4:1; 7:2; 9:20; 10:1; 11:1; 14:1; 16:1; 18:1; etc.

Ezekiel 1:3; 3:16; 6:1; 7:1; 11:14; 12:1; 12:17; 13:1; 14:2; 14:12; etc.

 

The Second Testament (Greek Scriptures)

What does “the word of the Lord” (word of God) mean in these passages?


Acts 6:7; 8:14; 12:24; 13:5; 13:7; 13:46; 13:48; 13:49; 15:35; 16:32; 17:13; 18:11; etc.

Romans 10:8; 10:17

Luke 8:11; 11:28

John 1:1; 1:14