Help Children Memorize
By N. A. Woychuk
Bible memorizing is a vital subject. I am hopeful that pastors and other Christian leaders in key positions in the churches, in the Christian schools and in other institutions will study this subject carefully so that they might be able to lead their people into memorization and make a big thing of it among their children, young people and adults.
Let us adopt the principle, first of all, that reading Godís Word is good and essential, studying it is better, but memorizing it is best of all.
Why should we memorize the ancient Scriptures? Because this volume called the Bible is the writing of God. It is the thinking of God. It is infinitely superior to everything that man has produced, including the most up-to-date philosophies and compositions. Each word in the Bible came from the lips of God. The framing of each sentence was controlled by the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures were initiated and formed in the mind of God, and then, by Divine control, they passed into the minds of the Bible writers whom God specifically prepared and chose to use in giving us His Word.
Although the human writers used their natural abilities, yet the things that they composed were distinctly set forth in Spirit-selected words, or, as Basil Manly expressed it, "The whole Bible is truly Godís Word written by men."
The Bible is a very unique book, yes, a miracle book. It is exciting to think that we are actually reading and thinking upon that which has come to us from God in Heaven. God has spoken! When we memorize the Word of God, we are memorizing what God has said and what God wants us to know.
The Old Testament writers were confident that they were declaring Godís truth. "Thus saith the Lord" occurs more than two thousand times in the Old Testament. The New Testament writers most emphatically attested the Divine inspiration of all the Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thess. 2:13). They recognized that Scriptures are the product of the creative breath of God. He uttered them. He breathed them out. Divine inspiration of the Scriptures covers not just "concepts" or thoughts, but it reaches to the very exact choice of the words used (1 Cor. 2:13), as well as to the subject matter.
As Bishop Westcott observed,"Thoughts are wedded to words as necessarily as soul is to body." Inspiration then of necessity takes in both--the thoughts and the words. God said to Moses, "I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say" (Ex. 4:12), and to Jeremiah He said, "I have put my words in thy mouth (1:9), and to the prophet Hosea God said, "I have written to him the great things of My law" (8:12).
The Scriptures are Godís voice, not manís; the words are Godís words, not manís. All the concepts and all the words in the Bible come from the eternal, almighty Creator, and they are forever "settled in Heaven" (Psa. 119:89).
Long after the books on science, philosophy, history and other important subjects have passed out of existence, or paled into comparative insignificance, the blessed Book of God, the Bible, shall stand! It will stand because it is the "word of truth" (John 17:17); it will stand because it is the "word of righteousness" (Heb. 5:13); it will stand because it is "the word of life" (Phil. 2:16).
As we read and memorize the Scripture, it makes quite a difference when we remember that "it proceedeth from the mouth of God" (Deut. 8:3), and as the Apostle Paul said, "Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope" (Rom. 15:4).
"Concerning Thy testimonies," the Psalmist said, "I have known of old that Thou has founded them for ever" (Psalm 119:152). It is estimated that only one-half of one percent of all the books published survive more than seven years. Error and falsehoods pass away, and the gems of manís wisdom soon fade and disappear, "but the Word of our God shall stand for ever" (Isa. 40:8). It abides because residing in it are some of the same qualities that characterize God Himself. It is incorruptible (1 Peter 1:23); it is living, powerful, and discerning (Heb. 4:12).
Satan and the whole world system is set against the Word of God and we see it manifested aggressively in the worldís educational program, its entertainment, its philosophies and all its standards. Satan has vigorously battled the Word of God in every generation, including our own, when possibly more has been done to undermine the infallibility, the inerrancy and the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scriptures than in any other age. But in every generation there are the earnest-hearted believers who recognize that the Bible comes from God and that it speaks for God; it is this keen realization that makes them concerned with desire not only to assimilate the Word of God themselves but to see it implanted in the hearts of their children and all those for whom they feel responsible. In speaking about the "more sure word of prophecy" the Apostle Peter said, "I think it is meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance ...moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance" (2 Peter 1:13,15).
"Therefore, think not of it as a good book, or even as a better book, but lift it in heart, and mind and faith and love far, far above all, and ever regard it, not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of God; nay, more, as the living Word of the living God; supernatural in origin; eternal in duration; inexpressible in value; infinite in scope; Divine in authorship; human in penmanship, regenerative in power; infallible in authority; universal in interest; personal in application and, as St. Paul declares, inspired in totality" (Canon Hague).
Used by permission from Keep in Memory, by N. A. Woychuk.
Scripture Memory Fellowship International can help you with a well-proved system of memorization, with courses for all ages, beginning with age 3. The enrollment fee for the courses is $13.00 for the preschool and $10.00 for the others. For information write to:
P.O. Box 411551
St. Louis MO 63141
U. S. A.