There are folks who won’t
"soil" their Bible by writing in it, but I’m not like that. A note in the margin, or high-lighting a verse
or section, is helpful as you mark a passage that especially appeals to you.
For example, my family has bibles that our Dad used in his more than 50
years of preaching, and we remember how he wrote in them. And notes in the margins can even help a new convert. Matthew
21:29 speaks of the "baptism of John," and I have a note at the bottom of the page that this is speaking of John
the Baptist, not the Apostle John. And I’ve written with Mark 10:27, that "With God, all things are possible,"
was the first verse one of our grandsons memorized in Sunday School.
And it can be a help, even to us old-timers. After all, no one can remember everything he or
she reads. I notice that in Exodus 25, God tells Moses exactly how to build the holy Ark, (the Ark of the Covenant, not the
boat), and at the bottom of the page, I’ve drawn a rough picture of it, including its measurements… 45 inches
long, and 27 inches square. Of course this helps by changing its size from "cubits" in the Bible, too.
And did you know that even back in the book of Judges, in the 15th century, that it was known that
an expectant mother should not use intoxicants and other bad habits, because they will affect the baby before it’s born.
The future mother of Samson was told this by an angel in Judges 13:4. These write-ins are little tid-bits that are at your
fingertips, so to speak, as you read or even scan your Bible.
The Bible is to be used, not put on the mantle piece to show that you have one! And a Bible
that’s like new, hints that it isn’t thumbed through very often.
Write in anything that may help you put it all together. Let’s see…where is that scripture, "Study to show
thyself approved." (Uh…It’s in 2nd Timothy 2:15).