God Uses Better Parchment
Did God write the bible? Of course not, God does not write on paper; that is something that man does. God’s ways are much higher than our ways. God writes the story of his son, Jesus, but the parchment God uses is the lives of men. His pen is his mighty hand, shaping the events that take place. We see the fantastic events of a man’s life, realize he has come into contact with the almighty God, and then we write it on paper. When we see that man in whom God has done something great or terrible we feel compelled to record it. The days of that man are just pages in God’s story of his son.
I believe the stories of the Old Testament are true. The God of all truth does not need fiction to make a point. Fiction is against his nature. The omnipotent God is able to ensure his book contains nothing but the truth. Our understanding may be flawed because of our blindness or hard-heartedness, but his word is perfect. When we lay aside our doubt, deciding above all else to believe and have faith, then we will be able to see wonderful things in his word. We will be able to read the stories in the bible and receive the revelation of God about his Son.
When I read the bible, I see only one story – The fall and restoration of Adam through Jesus Christ. Each book illustrates something about the main characters in this event. I see four main characters, God the Father, Jesus, Adam, and Satan. While Jesus is the leading character, the condition of Adam is frequently the subject. God the Father is like the narrator. Satan is obviously the villain. We often say, “How does this apply to me?”about many bible verses and that’s easy to do since we are “in” and “of” Adam. Also, if we believe, we are “in” and “of” Jesus. So making that connection is easy and, given our selfish nature, comes naturally.
However, the story is really not about us, even though we benefit from it. I believe it is the story of the Almighty God and his desire, above all else,to have a family.