“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
There’s been a lot of current events lately! Check out these recent newspaper headlines:
Bald Man Made Fun of: Kills 42 with Bears
IRS Requests Payment: Carpenter Gets Money from Fish Mouth
Okay, so technically these aren’t that recent. And technically they were never in a newspaper. But they are true! These stories are from the Bible. Maybe my brain is a little weird, but sometimes I like to imagine stories from the Bible as modern-day newspaper headlines. Currently, my favorite Bible story turned modern-day headline is “Loch Ness Monster Crushed; Fed to Desert Creatures” (see Psalm 74).
While these headlines may seem farfetched, they reflect the unique way the Bible was written, and particularly, the unique historical context in which each story was penned. Because of the roughly 2,000 year difference between the Bible’s writing and my reading, the truth is I don’t understand it all the time. The “culture clash” between then and now at times fatigues me and entices me to trade the cutting-edge truth of God’s Word for an easier, more convenient interpretation. Sometimes, I dig and dig, study and study, and I feel as lost in the passage as when I began. I get tempted to stick with reliable “go-to” passages I more readily comprehend-a path, if followed too long, reduces the Word of God to something tamed and commonplace. That’s not what I’m after!
Here’s what I’m discovering: it’s in the mysterious parts of God’s Word (the ones that seem crazy and not always easy to boil down and swallow) that great adventure awaits! The parts we don’t understand or haven’t opened in a while include so much drama, romance, irony, and intrigue. In the Bible, the greatest adventure story ever written, nothing is wasted. There are no worthless asides, no redundant messages, no ordinary characters.
The mystery of scripture is calling. Better yet, God is inviting you to sit with Him in all the knowns and unknowns of His Word, ready to help you discover who He is, how much He loves you, and what He’s up to in the world. Isn’t it time to dive into the thrill and adventure God has for you?
Read a passage of The Bible that you wouldn’t ordinarily read.
Take some time to write down questions and observations
you have about this passage.
Talk to God about this passage and explore what trusted resources
have to say about this passage.
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