For the second day of Favorite Bible Verses, let’s pull out another Protestant favorite, 2 Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
We’ll use the New American Bible translation for all of the verses given in this poll. It’s just how things were easier to copy. So maybe this seems a bit different to our Reformation sisters and brothers. Still, a useful verse.
John’s Gospel provides nine of the eighty-one entries in this popularity contest. This passage is one of several ways in which Jesus identifies himself by metaphor:
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
In this instance, I’ve just given the second half of this famous verse. Just a note: none of the offerings here will exceed one verse, and in some cases, I”ll just give the half verse for your consideration. I leave it in your hands to determine if you will vote based only on the isolated thought given in the passage, or if you will select your choice based on the larger context of the briefer line.
Today’s Old Testament verse is a beloved expression of loyalty:
Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people. and your God, my God.
Did Ruth realize that by accompanying her mother-in-law, she would be grafted into what would become a royal line in a foreign land? Do any of us realize where we might end up once we attach ourselves to God?