But last night I sat there, watching somewhat detached. And I watched the story of Sodom and the crazy ninja angels as my husband chuckled at them and all I said was, "I see they chose to leave out the part where he offered his daughters up to the mob."
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And I spent the rest of the night and this morning wondering if I would have thought of that if I had watched it ten years ago.
I grew up reading the Bible from a very young age. The alphabet cards in my Kindergarten class were all Bible based.
A: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
B: Believe ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
C: Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.
My first Bible was KJV all the way, cause that's how we rolled.
To find myself in this place....it's hard. I've been following Jesus for 35 years. That's a long time. I haven't fallen out of love with Jesus. But the Bible? I sometimes wonder.
So reading Peter Enn's Inspiration and Incarnation as part of Kelley Nikondeha's Transit Book Club was so much more than a theological study. It was an invitation to fall back in love with the Bible, the first book I ever really read.
|These smiles were very distracting this month as I attempted to read :)|
Enns states: (emphasis mine)
As Christians we must remember that we believe not only that the Bible is the word of God, but that Christ himself is the word. What exactly does it mean to refer to Jesus as "the word" (as John does in 1:1-2 of his Gospel)? This could be answered in many ways, but I want to pick up on just one dimension: The Bible is God's word in written form; Christ is God's word in human form. This may sound like so much theological double-talk, but it is in fact a fundamental confession of the historic Christian church, and there is payoff for our topic here. The written word bears witness to the incarnate word, Christ. And what gives the written word its unity is not simply the words on the page, but the incarnate word who is more than simply the sum of the biblical parts. He is the one through whom heaven and earth - including the Bible itself - were created, and he is the one in whom Israel's story reaches its climax. The Bible bears witness to Christ by Christ's design. He is over the Bible, beyond it, separate from it, even though the Bible is his word and thus bears witness to him.
Christ is supreme, and it is in him, the embodied word, that the written word ultimately finds its unity. Christ is the final destiny of Israel's story, and it is to him that the Bible as a whole bears witness. As Christians, this is our theoretical starting point (110).
The Bible is full of messy stories about messy people. And throughout the Bible God keeps stepping in, showing mercy and pointing toward the Incarnate Word that is coming to save this messy woman in her messy life. If that's not good news, I don't know what is.
God is breaking in. Breaking through. I want to be a part of that. I want that to be what I see when I read His Word.
So I am going to do the things you do when you are rekindling a relationship. I'm going to spend more time with my Bible. I'll give my Bible the benefit of the doubt. I'll keep it close to me. And I'll start to fall back in love.
On Thursdays we gather together to celebrate redemption. I'm so excited to be a part of this team! Want to join and write it out?
- Link up a post (old or new) that relates to redemption or something "imperfect."
- Put the "Imperfect Prose" button at the bottom of your page, so others can find their way there.
- Read each others' posts and encourage them!
I'm also linking up (late) at Kelley's for our monthly book club reaction. This month was Peter Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation. Join us each month as we dig in and discover together!