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THE CANON – WHY 66 BOOKS - The O.T. 39

Exodus 4:1-9 – "Moses answered, 'What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, 'The Lord did not appear to you'?'  Then the Lord said to him, 'What is that in your hand?'  'A staff,' he replied.  The Lord said, 'Throw in on the ground.'  Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.  Then the Lord said to him, 'Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.'  So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.  'This,' said the Lord is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers---the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob---has appeared to you.  Then the Lord said, 'Put your hand inside your cloak.'  So Moses put his hand into his cloak and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow.  'Now put it back into your cloak,' he said.  So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored like the rest of his flesh.  Then the Lord said, 'If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second.  But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground.  The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.' "

Deuteronomy 18:22 - "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken.  That prophet has spoken presumptuously.  Do not be afraid of him."

Deuteronomy 13:1-3 - "If a prophet or one who foretells by dream, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, 'let us follow other gods (gods you have not known) 'and let us worship them,' you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all you soul.  It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.  Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.  That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow.  You must purge the evil from among you."

Jeremiah 1:5, 9,  30:2 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations….Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, 'Now I have put my words in your mouth…..This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: 'Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you."

Matthew 22:43 - "He said to them, "how is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'?  For he says,.."

Matthew 5:17,18 - "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."

John 10:35 - "If he called them 'gods.' To whom the word of God came---and the Scripture cannot be broken---"

Matthew 4:4,7,10 - "It is written:  'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God…..Jesus answered him,  'It is also written; 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'…Jesus said to him, 'Away from me, Satan!  For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and swerve him only.' "

Matthew 12:40, 24:37 - "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in heart of the earth…..As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."

Matthew 19:2-5 - "…" 'Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female,'…"

John 17:17 - "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."

Matthew 22:29 - "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."

Matthew 21:42 - "Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"

Luke 24:27,44 - "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself…..He said to them, 'This is what I told you while I was with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.'"

II Timothy 3:16 - "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,"

II Peter 1:20,21 - "Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

Exodus 3:4 - ""When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, 'Moses! Moses!' "

THE CANON – WHY 66 BOOKS - The N.T. 27

II Corinthians 12:12 - The things that mark an apostle - signs, wonders and miracles---were done among you with great perseverance.  How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?  Forgive me this wrong?"

Hebrews 2:3,4 - "how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?  This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.  God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will."

I Corinthians 14:37 -"If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command."

II Peter 3:2,16 - "I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles…..He writes the same way in all his letters speaking in them of these matters.  His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction."

I Timothy 5:18 -"For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The worker deserves his wages.' "

Deuteronomy 25:4 -"Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain." 

Luke 10:7 - "Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages…."

Colossians 4:16 - "After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea."

II Thessalonians 2:15 - "So, then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you whether by word of mouth or by letter."

II Thessalonians 2:2 - "not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come."