You folks who have trouble reading the Bible…be glad
that you didn’t live back in ancient times. Assuming that you even knew how to read, consider how much more difficult
if your Bible had no chapter divisions, no paragraphs, and no verse divisions! No lower case letters and not even space between
words! Impossible! And writing was done on clay tablets and rolls of parchment. And even on sheets of copper or leather
rolls, sometimes as long as thirty feet.
And suppose you wanted to look up a certain scripture. You’d have to find the right scroll, then unroll it to the place
you were looking for. For example, if Jesus used a typical scroll when He read from the book of the prophet Isaiah and said,
"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Luke 4:21), I wonder if He had to roll and roll and roll the scroll
to find the scripture.
Around a hundred years after Christ was here on earth…Christians invented the "codex."
A "manuscript book." A scroll cut into pages! This way it could be carried more easily. Before that, it a bible
could weight up to a hundred pounds. And around 800 years A.D., the feather goose quill and its ability to hold a drop of
ink, came along. From there, inventions continued to improve until the printing press made it even easier to get the Bible
into a size that could be carried.
And what a convenience today! Even a book containing four versions, side by side for comparison, can be carried rather easily.
Personally, my Bible has the King James and the latest Living Bible interpretation side by side.
But look out. There can be errors. My Living Bible
says the Holy City is a 1400 mile cube, when actually it’s 1500. And your King James Bible probably says in Matthew
27:9, that Jeremy prophesied about the 30 pieces of silver, when it should say "Zachariah."
And hearing that, you probably said, "WHERE?"
And I repeat: "Matthew 27:9." But that error won’t keep you out of Heaven! Just read it and live it.