Twenty years ago, I was in Jerusalem at the Western Wall at 6:30 in the morning. When I walked through the Dung Gate, an entrance to the Old City, I heard the sound of thousands and thousands of people. I was shocked. I came to find out that Jews from all over the world had come to the Western Wall to celebrate the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai. The Jews believe that on Shauvuot (Pentecost) God gave Moses the Law. In fact, some of these Jews had been there all-night rejoicing over the Word of God.

On this beautiful, warm Spring morning, twenty years ago, these Jews were singing and dancing before God at the Wall. Some synagogues in Israel had brought their Torah Scrolls and were parading them around this very large plaza. It was a blast!

As I stood there amazed, I told God, “If I ever have the chance to create a day for Christians to celebrate your Word like this, I am going to do it.”

This was how the International Day of the Bible was born. Today, millions of people around the world will celebrate the Bible on Sunday, November 12th. It is my hope that pastors around the globe will preach on the greatness of God’s Word and how it is a gift from Him to us at their church services.

May all of us exalt His Word! May we stand together and rejoice for this great gift which tells us about his indescribable and loving Son, Jesus.