The first recorded words of Satan in the Bible are these, “Has God indeed said?” (Genesis 3:1). From the beginning of human history Satan has questioned the Word of God.
As a result of Satan’s deception which led to Adam & Eve’s sin, the world descended back into a state of darkness. Spiritual darkness. And yet history has shown that when the Word of God is introduced, it brings light.
The strategies of Satan are timeless. He still questions God’s Word today. In spite of the obvious miraculous nature of the Bible, critics dismiss it as unbelievable, unreliable, and irrelevant.
In spite of the attacks of the critics, the Word of God stands as the wisdom of the ages. We are talking about 66 books written by 40 authors over a period of 1,600 years from different locations ranging from Rome to Babylon. The Book (or collection of books) maintains the consistent theme of redemption. Though written by human instruments under the guidance of inspiration, the Bible is the product of the Holy Spirit Himself (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
As demonically-inspired enemies of the cross increase their assault on the Bible, be encouraged by these words from Dr. D. James Kennedy:
“Hammer away ye hostile hands; Your hammers break, God’s Anvil Stands!
Centuries follow Centuries, but there it stands;
Dynasty succeeds Dynasty, but there it stands;
Kings are crowned and overthrown, but there it stands;
Despised and torn to pieces, but there it stands;
Storms of hate swirl about it, but there it stands;
Agnostics smile cynically, but there it stands;
Thunderbolts of wrath are hurled against it, but there it stands;
The flames are kindled under it, but there it stands;
The arrows of hate are discharged upon it, but there it stands;
The tooth of time gnaws and makes no dent, and there it stands;
An Anvil upon which have been broken a million hammers:
Hammer away ye hostile hands; Your hammers break, God’s Anvil Stands!”
“The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).
Pastor Todd Weston
The Anvil of God's Word
“Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door,
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
“‘How many anvils have you had,’ said I,
‘To wear and batter all these hammers so?’
‘Just one,’ said he, and then with twinkling eye,
‘The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.’
“And so, I thought, the Anvil of God’s Word
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The Anvil is unharmed, the hammers gone.”
—Attributed to John Clifford
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever... 1 Peter 1:25
THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOREVER!