Year of the Word – Bible Study

1)  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105 (KJB) (some bibles as Psalm 118)

 Let’s see how this verse can open the bible for us by looking at the words; word, light and path.

 Word

God creates with words;

2) Gen 1:3 – God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light. (JB)

The formula is repeated, God said, “Let….”, 7 more times culminating in;

3) Gen 1:26 – God said, “Let us make man in our own image”, (JB)

Jesus, the Living Word

4) John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word; the Word was with God and the word was God. (JB)

5) John 1:9 – The Word was the true light that enlightens all men, and he was coming into the world. (JB)

6) John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and lived among us,… (NRSV)

7) 1 John 1:1 – Something which has existed from the beginning, that we have heard, and we have seen with our own eyes; that we have watched and touched with our hands: the Word, who is life- this is our subject. (CTSNCB)

The word of God achieves its purpose.

8) Isaiah 55:10-11 – Yes, as the rain and snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what is was sent to do. (JB)

9) John 19:30 – After Jesus had taken the vinegar he said, “It is accomplished”, and bowing his head he gave up his spirit. (JB)

10) Mark 10:45 – “For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (JB)

Jesus, our Blessed Lord, the Word made flesh, succeeds in what he was sent to do.

An active word;

11) Hebrews 4:12 – The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. (JB)

12) Ephesians 6:17 …and receive the word of God from the Spirit to use as a sword. (JB)

13) Revelation 1:13&16 – I saw…. a figure like a Son of Man….out of his mouth there came a sharp sword, double edged, and his face was shining like the sun with all its force. (JB)

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105 (KJB)

Light

We’ve already seen in Gen 1:2 that God created light, a supernatural one in verse 2 and then the natural ones, the sun, moon and stars, in verse 14-16.

14) John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world, anyone who follows will me will not be walking in the dark, he will have the light of life.” (JB)

15) Isaiah 2:5 – O House of Jacob come, let us walk in the light of the Lord. (JB)

16) 1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

17) Colossians 1:12-13 – thanking the Father who has made it possible for you to join the saints and with them to inherit the light.  Because that is what he has done: he has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins. (JB)

18) Isaiah 9:2 – The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone. (JB)

19) Isaiah 9:6 – For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NRSV)

 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:105 (KJB)

Path or Way or Walk

20) Psalm 23:3 – He restoreth my soul, he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (KJB)

In the Bible there are a number of people who were said to have walked with God;

21) Gen 5:21-24 – When Enoch was sixty-five years old, he became the Father of Methuselah.  Enoch walked with God.  After the birth of Methuselah, he lived for three hundred years and he became the Father of other sons and daughters.  In all, Enoch lived for three hundred and sixty-five years, Enoch walked with God.  Then he vanished because God took him. (JB)

22) Gen 6:9 – Noah was a good man, a man of integrity amongst his contemporaries, and he walked with God. (JB)

23) Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to right or left, your ears will hear these words behind you, “This is the way, follow it”. (JB)

24) John 14:6 – “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (JB)

25) Acts 9:2 – He had gone to the high priest and asked for letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, that would authorise him to arrest and take to Jerusalem any followers of the Way, men or women, that he could find. (JB)

26) Acts 11: 26 – …. It was at Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians’. (JB)

27) Galatians 5:25 – If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (KJB)

28) Micah 6:8 – This is what the Lord asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God. (JB)

Useful Exercise – Write the Bible reference on a strip of paper.  Find the reference in your bible and put the strip of paper in as a marker.  Your bible will have a decidedly hedgehog appearance as well as a visual show of how much of the bible you have looked at.

For further study;

Seven “I am” statements of Jesus

John 6:35 – “I am the bread of life.”

John 8:12 – “I am the light of the world.”

John 10:9 – “I am the door.”

John 10:11 – “I am the Good Shepherd.”

John 11:25 – “I am the resurrection and the life.”

John 14:6 – “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”

John 15:5 – “I am the vine.”

 

A bit more about Enoch.

Hebrews 11:5 – It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken up and did not have to experience death: he was not to be found because God had taken him.  This was because before his assumption it is attested that he had pleased God. (JB)

Someone else who was taken up to heaven was Elijah.

2 Kings 2:1 – When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were traveling from Gilgal. (NLT)

2 Kings 2:11 – As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven. (NLT)

As Catholics we believe, by sacred tradition, that our Blessed Lady was also taken up into heaven, though this is not mentioned in the bible there are precedents for it.

Abbreviations

KJB – King James Bible, JB – Jerusalem Bible,  

NRSV – New Revised Standard Version,

CTSNCB – Catholic Truth Society New Catholic Bible

NLT – New Living Translation, NIV – New International Version