Day 5: Parts & Pieces
Imagine – if you will – a writer has an idea for a book. They’ve chosen a number of writers to compose it but they are not told the theme or topic of the book. The writers cannot communicate with one another or know what the other person is writing. They have no computers and no phone and can only travel by walking. At the end of a specified period of time, the writer gathers all the writings and puts together the book.
What are the odds this book would make any sense?
What are the odds that it would be similar in nature?
What are the odds the book would have parts and pieces that point to one another without contradiction?
A similar book was written and sits, mostly unread, on shelves throughout America.
The Bible was written by 40 authors over 1400 years. Many of these authors did not know each other; did not live in the same generation; had no means of communication; and traveled mostly by walking, camels, and donkeys.
Put together, their stories tell one big story. They compliment one another and do not contradict. It is miraculous and is thought by the world as untrue, irrelevant, un-factual, a fairy tale, unbelievable, simple-minded, or offensive. Even those who read it often see it as outdated, choppy, or confusing. But it isn’t. It is the most beautiful story ever told.
The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.” – The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
If God – who is the Author of our faith – continues to write His story in each of our lives, let’s wait in awe with great expectation as He reveals himself to us.
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