‘A tub has to sit on its own bottom’

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/27/17


There are many sayings attributed to the Bible which cannot be found in Scripture:

— A tub has to sit on its own bottom.

— Spare the rod and spoil the child.

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‘A tub has to sit on its own bottom’



There are many sayings attributed to the Bible which cannot be found in Scripture:
— A tub has to sit on its own bottom.
— Spare the rod and spoil the child.
— Little is much if God is in it.
— Cleanliness is next to godliness.
— Man is prone to sin as sparks to upward fly.
— God helps those who help themselves.
... And, you can probably add to this list.

Although some of these may have truth, the fact is, they are sayings which have been passed down from generation to generation. Because they have been used often — sometimes in sermons — many have been accepted as Scripture.

John says to us in John 5:39 (KJV), "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."

And in Acts of the Apostles, Luke tells us in Chapter 17:11 (KJV) how the Bereans daily searched the Scriptures when they heard the message of Jesus Christ: "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

We don't have to be skeptics to go to the Word for proof of faith and belief. To search the Scriptures is an admonition to people throughout the Bible — not only to search for truth, but to pass it down to the next generation.

Read these instructions in Deuteronomy 4:9; 6:7; 11:22; 13:14 (KJV): Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons ... And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (teach: Heb. whet, or, sharpen) ... For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him ... Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

In Solomon's Proverbs, we read in chapter 7:15 (KJV): "Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee."

In Hebrews in the "Faith" chapter, 11:6 (KJV), the writer says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

And in Hebrews 12:15 (KJV), we find the solution for living in faith and grace: "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled" (fail...; or, fall from).

We definitely have a responsibility to know the truth and to always test what we hear with what we find in the Scriptures. Satan is out to deceive, but we can defend ourselves with the Word of God.

John 8:32 (KJV) "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."


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