The Most Popular Bible Verse in 2018: Isaiah 41:10
The most shared, bookmarked and highlighted Bible verse on the popular YouVersion app this year wasnât one youâd see plastered on a handmade sign at a football game.
This yearâs most popular verse worldwide was Isaiah 41:10, which reads, âDonât be afraid, for I am with you. Donât be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.â
Last yearâs most popular verse was Joshua 1:9. In 2016, it was Romans 8:28.
Dr. Tim wrote: So true, JUK. Praise God for His divine blotter! âI have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.â (Isaiah 44:22)
Aye aye, bro.
Isaiah 1:18-20 KJV (18)Â Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (19)Â If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: (20)Â But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
The reality is that God has been and continues to be good to the whole world. He sustains it despite the Fall and the sin that everyone in this fallen world continues to do. It is a great mercy that He doesn't just pull the plug on the whole world right now. So from that perspective, God is good to the whole world.
Hal, none of those verses would be found in my Bible!
1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindlerânot even to eat with such a one. ---ESV
Now the above verse stands pretty well on its own, but the verse or two before then the ones after it should also be read.
It's often can be applied to the politically inclined Christian or the one who thinks of money so much.,i.e., those with large stock portfolios
I was thinking the most popular Bible verse--for people who don't have the Bible on their smartphones--would be the one that says, 'God helps those who help themselves' followed closely by 'A penny saved is a penny earned'
Dr. Tim wrote: Or, JUK, you could take a really radical approach and interpret it as âGod is good to Israel.â
Interesting. I wonder if you would say, "God is good to the whole world," eh Doc?
Or simply, God is good."
Another way of interpreting it - seeing as the church is Israel, would be, "God is good to the church."
Singing psalms is a NT ordinance, and them that realise the meaning of the psalms, can sing them with joy and understanding, in spirit and in truth. Those that do not, rather tend to reject the psalms, and will not sing them in worship, which is rebellion against God.
If I was to sing psalm 73, I would sing, "God is good to Israel," and would apply that to myself and my fellow saints, without even thinking. It is a wonderful thing to grasp these truths.
There is some wisdom in that approach, Jim. I was recently part of a group that was encouraging each other, with some accountability, to read the Bible daily. I purposed to read ten chapters a day & read from Genesis to Revelation in about six months. I obtained a couple of things from this.
The Bible is extremely consistent and fits together something like a jigsaw puzzle, although with a puzzle you don't get useable detail at the verse level loke the Bible.
There is a message to be gained by reading chunks of Scripture at a time. I have read thru the Bible before but very slowly. Getting a big picture view has value as well. It helped put verses into context. I've done some of my own cross-referencing having seen the same things in different places.
Quiet Christian, now the important thing about Matthew Henry, besides the fact that he usually gives very good advice, is he rarely and I don't know if he ever does even just take one verse at a time. He knows that the Bible just wasn't put together that way and many verses are to be put together to form a unit. This is true of Romans 8:28-31. Even bigger divisions can be observed such as the Old Testament from Genesis to Pentecost and the New Testament from Pentecostâ [ https://tinyurl.com/ybgp8n26 ] to the end of the Book of Revelation.
So, breaking down the Bible into single verses is usually breaking it down to a too small amount, better to tell a person to start at the first verse of Genesis and end up at the last verse of Revelation.
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
There are many gems, throughout, and it's impossible to pin down any particular favorite, but this is one of many. I apply this one to the closed-minded...those who forever preach, but never stop to listen.