8 Bible Verses That Will Make You Think

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Here are 8 Bible verses that I believe will really make you think. Which ones would you include?

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

Have you ever thought about this; God rejoices over you with such gladness that He exults over you with loud singing? I can’t imagine what the voice of God must sound like but how much better does His voice sound when singing?!  The Bible describes God’s voice as the “sounds of many waters” (Rev 1:15; 14:2) which reminds me of Niagara Falls. The word exult means to feel or show great happiness, jubilance or to rejoice exceedingly like when we jump for joy when we feel exulted!  I did that when I found out my wife as pregnant and at the birth of our children.  That’s what God thinks of you.  That’s not my opinion, that’s what the Word of God says so believe it!

8 Bible Verses That Will Make You Think

Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

Sometimes when I’m out of paper, I write a phone number, name, or jot down a note on the palm of my hand but it quickly disappears but here is the God of the Universe saying that your name has been engraved on the palms of His hands and not just one of His hands…but on both of them.  The word “engraved” is from the Hebrew word “chaqaq” and means “to cut out” and it resembles that of the very finger of God engraving the Ten Commandments on tables or slates of stone.   Engraving is permanent.  It cannot be erased and what God engraves stays engraved.  God never writes something down only to pull out an eraser. Also, your walls are continually before God meaning that wherever you dwell, you are constantly in view of God.  What a tender verse this is and is should really make you think.

John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

I used this example of teaching these verses when my son was young. I had a marble in my hand and the older he got, the more he thought he was strong enough to open my clinched fist and take the marble out of it.  Even when he grew to be a man at six feet, three inches and at 200 pounds, he still couldn’t do it so the visual image of us being in the very hands of Christ and of the Father and by His saying “no one can snatch them out of My hand” and “no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” is about a great of a verse on the security of the believer that there is, perhaps in all the Bible.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus said that there is no greater love possible than someone who would lay down their life for a friend and that is exactly what Jesus did for us.  I have a very close friend but I’m not sure, when it came down to the moment, if I’d be able to die for my friend.  What about you?  Think about that.  Can you imagine having to die for someone?  That’s what Jesus did as He prophesied “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11) and we must remember that Jesus said “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).  Could I do that? Could you?

Romans 5:8, 10 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”

It’s one thing to die for a friend or a blood relative but to die for an enemy (Rom 5:10) and to die for someone who was still not only your enemy but to die for someone who was wicked (Rom 5:8) is just too incredible for me to ponder.  Such is the amazing description of God’s love for us.  Love is not a feeling as much as what you do.  Love is a verb; it’s active and this great love was displayed on the cross because “rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die” (Rom 5:9) but to die for an enemy and for an evil person is too hard for my human, finite mind to wrap itself around.

Exodus 14:13-14 “And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.  The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

This verse was spoken to encourage the people of Israel who feared being destroyed by the Egyptian army.  I think I would have needed to hear this if I saw the massive Egyptian army marching after us (Ex 14:10).  Moses gives them reassurance by not only telling them to not fear, but to stand firm or stay their ground because God will fight for them and if God is for you, what do you have to worry about who could ever be against you (Rom 8:31)?  The obvious answer is no one or nothing.  Here is the only thing that God required of Israel; just be silent.  I could do that.

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul wasn’t fairly sure or reasonably certain but he was absolutely convinced that not death, life, angels (even the fallen ones), principalities (any earthly power), and nothing in the past (like sins), present, nor things to come, not any power, height, depth, and to cover it all, “nor any created thing” can ever “separate us from the love of God.”  That covers it all.  If it is created, it or they have no way to separate you from God.  I love to refer people to Romans chapter 8 when they start feeling doubt creep into their walk with Christ and in particular these verses because they should give us all peace of mind about our salvation “which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” and not in our own efforts nor does it depend on us, thankfully!

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

This verse should be associated with Ephesians chapter one because there it says that “he (God) chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him” (Eph 1:4) which is similar to what Jeremiah wrote.  God knew us before the earth was brought into existence which means He knew us by name before we were even born and it was “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will’ (Eph 1:5).  It was in Jesus Christ that “we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Eph 1:11).

Conclusion

I pray these verses will really make you think…think about just how amazing and glorious our God is.  To send His sinless Son to die for the sinful ones to reconcile us back to Him is much too difficult for me to fully comprehend and I hope that these make you think and think about how great our God truly is.

Here is some more reading to consider: How Do I Meditate on the Word of God?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Henry August 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Fantastic articles!

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Jim Schmechel August 29, 2015 at 10:08 am

With laying down our lives for our friends, we could also look at it this way:

Let’s say a friend of yours contacts you for help with something. You have plans to do something fun. You lay down your fun plans, and go help your friend.

Not quite taking the bullet for a friend, but it is still something that shows your love, (or the love of God inside of you).

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Jack Wellman August 29, 2015 at 10:17 am

Well said. That is why the Holy Spirit should induce every believer to do. Well said my friend.

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Jan September 4, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Great meditation verses.

Before the foundation of the world God knew which few of all the many people that He would later create would inherit eternal life. He knew which few would still be found faithful at the time of death. God predestined only these few to eternal life and they are called His “elect.” God placed only these few faithful-until-death persons into His hands before the foundation of the world. This is why they cannot be snatched out of His hand. 1 Peter 1:1-2

The people who would never believe in Him, God did not place them into His hands before the foundation of the world.

The people who would believe/obey Him for only a while, God did not place them into His hands before the foundation of the world.

The people who did not love their neighbors as themselves by freely and cheerfully sharing their abundant blessings from God with those who needed their help, God did not place these persons into His hands before the foundation of the world. Luke 8:13, 1 John 2:19

Many people profess Christ with their mouths/lips and believe that they are saved, but they are not. They do not truly follow Jesus. Titus 1:16

To follow Jesus means to imitate His sacrificial life and death in loving/helping their neighbors the same as they love/help themselves and they must obey to the best of their ability His other commandments until death. Matthew 24:9-13, Luke 9:23, Revelation 2:10,

The Holy Spirit abides, remains, inhabits only the people who continue to obey God’s commandments. Acts 5:32, Matthew 19:16-19, Revelation 22:14

Romans 8:30 “Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” nkjv

Before the foundation of the world, those people whom God knew would remain faithful to Him (His commandments) until death, He predestined them to eternal life. Because they were predestined before the foundation of the world based on God’s foreknowledge about their spiritual status at the moment of each of their future (in “time” on earth) deaths, these persons were also called, justified, and glorified by Him.

There is no measurement of “time” in eternity and so everything past, present, and future according to a “timeline” on earth is seen continually in heaven by God in the everlastingly “present.”

Romans 9:10-13 God knew before the foundation of the world that Esau would sell his birthright and this is why God loved/chose/preferred Jacob instead of Esau to become the father of His chosen people. God did not personally “hate” Esau. God loves all His creation. Genesis 1:31, Wisdom 11:24-26

“Love” and “Hate” is used as a hyperbole meaning that God prefers one person for His special calling rather than another person. In Luke 14:26, Jesus is telling us that we must prefer to love and serve Him over and above all the other persons we love and serve.

All people are called to repentance and Jesus died as a ransom for all mankind. 1 Timothy 2:1-7 God desires that no person be condemned to hell. 2 Peter 3:9

Luke 8:5-15 Parable of the Seed Sower

Some people hear the call of God to repentance, but they choose to not act upon it. These people do not repent and become justified through belief and baptism. These people are the seeds that fall by the wayside.

Some people answer the call and they believe and become baptized/justified, but they almost immediately return to their former sinful lifestyles. These people are the seeds that fall on the rock.

Some people answer the call, believe and become baptized/justified, but they eventually worship at the altars of prestige, wealth, and other types of selfishness. They keep most of God’s material blessings for themselves and they do not cheerfully share their abundances with those whom God did not bless monetarily through no fault of their own. These people do not bear good fruits and so they are the seeds that fall among the thorns. Luke 10:25-37

Very few people answer God’s call, believe and become baptized/justified, and then truly love their neighbors as themselves by cheerfully sharing what they have been given from God with people who need monetary and emotional help. These people are the seeds that fall on good ground and bear good and abundant fruits. Matthew 19:23, Matthew 7:20

James states it well: James 1:19-25

Many people deceive themselves. They believe they are saved, but they are not. They will be terribly shocked when they die and meet Jesus face to face. Matthew 7:21-23, Luke 13:23-27

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Tamusuza Ronald April 8, 2018 at 6:15 am

Hi I want to learn more about the Bible. I have low pace of reading the Bible and I love to read the Bible. Please let me know what to do and know more about the Bible. God bless you so much.

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