THE MAP

The boy had never seen his father study a map so carefully. He asked, “Father, why are you looking at that map?”
His father smiled. “This map shows the streets of the city to which we are going. They say there is work there, in the city.” Then the father’s smile became a little sad. “but the world has changed. Now we are going where we have never been before. For that, one needs a map.”
The journey was long, and there was much time for thought. After a while, the boy again looked to his father. “Father, my birthday is coming soon. I know that I should not ask for much, but there is one thing you could give me.”
“I will give you whatever I can, son. What is it you want?” The boy replied. “A map.” The father was puzzled. “Why do you ask for a map?” The boy thought carefully. He said. “Because I will be growing older. I will be going where I have never been before. And you said. ‘for that one needs a map’.”
The truth is, whether young or old, we are all going where we have never been before. Every day we face new decisions, new demands, and new dangers. How are we to find our way safely through these? How are we to guide our families and especially our young ones? There are maps for every part of the world. But is there a map for the greatest journey of all, life itself?
YOU DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? YOU ARE A MIST THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE WHILE AND THEN VANISHES (JAMES 4:14).
How quickly this one, brief life passes. To ruin it by choosing a wrong road would be a terrible waste. How can we be sure of life’s true purpose and direction? How can we be certain that we have made proper preparation for what lies beyond death? In seeking a Map of life, we should open the Bible because of the claims it makes. Again and again it assures us that it is the pure word from our Maker. Yes, the map for life. Look at these examples from the pages of the Bible:
MOSES Said The Ten Commandment were written “by the finger of God” on stone tablets (Exodus 31:18). He reported that God spoke with him “face to face, as a man speaks with his friend” (Exodus 33:11). KING DAVID Said,
THE SPIRIT OO THE LORD SPOKE THROUGH ME: HIS WORD WAS ON MY TONGUE (2 SAMUEL 23:2-3). JEREMIAH Wrote,
THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ME, SAYING, “…..I APPOINTED YOU AS A PROPHET TO THE NATIONS….. YOU MUST GO TO EVERYONE I SEND YOU TO AND SAY WHATEVER I COMMAND YOU…..” THEN THE LORD REACHED OUT HIS HAND AND TOUCHED MY MOUTH AND SAID TO ME. “NOW, I HAVE PUT MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH” (JEREMIAH 1:5-9).
There are well over 2,000 places in the Bible where the prophets said things like: The LORD said to me. . . .
These are the words of the LORD. . . .
This is what the LORD says. . . .
We must seriously ask, “Did these prophets have a bad habit of lying? Or were they speaking the truth and God really did speak through them?”
JESUS assure us that these Bible prophets spoke the truth. Jesus relied on their reports of history (Mathew 12:40; 24:37-39). He trusted in all their writtings, and taught us to have the same trust (Mathew 5:17-19; Luke 16:17,29; 24:27,44; John 5:39-47). He based His arguments on the exact words the used (Mathew 19:5-6; 22:32). When Jesus did this He reminded us. THE SCRIPTURE CANNO BE BROKEN (John 10:35).
Scripture can be fully trusted because it comes from God, not men. Quoting Scripture, Jesus said, “Have you not read what God said to you?” (Mathew 22:31-32). JESUS Himself claimed to speak from God. He said,
I DID NOT SPEAK OF MY OWN ACCORD, BUT THE FATHER WHO SENT ME COMMAND ME WHAT TO SAY AND HOW TO SAY IT. I KNOW THAT HIS COMMAND LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE. SO WHATEVER I SAY IS JUST WHAT THE FATHER HAS TOLD ME TO SAY (JOHN 12:49-50). Jesus also made this bold statement of power:
ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME. THEREFORE GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND TEACHING THEM TO OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMAND YOU . . . . (MATHEW 28:18-20).
THE APOSTLES were leaders choosen by Jesus in the earliest days of Chistianity. Here is how Jesus gave to them His message for all people:
THE HOLY SPIRT, WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS AND WILL REMIND YOU OF EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID TO YOU. . . (JOHN 14:26). WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, COMES HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH. . . (JOHN 16:13).
SCRIPTURES are the holy writtings from God. Even before the New Testament was completed, this is how Paul described the importance of Scripture:
THE HOLY SCRITTURES . . . ARE ABLE TO MAKE YOU WISE FOR SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS.ALL IS GOD-BREATHED AND IS USEFUL FOR TEACHING, REBUKING, CORRECTING AND TRAINNING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, SO THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAY BE THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK (2 TIMOTHY 3:15-17).

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