Last week I wrote about how the Bible isn’t just a history book but instead it’s a historical theological narrative. It’s a book that’s taking real events, people, and places and weaving them together in such a way as to create a story showing the truth that it really is all about God.
Being a little self-centered at the moment – what does this mean to us?
All Scripture is God-breathed and therefore, useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
Did you catch that – ALL Scripture, even the parts we don’t like, understand, or really care to read that often bc ALL of Scripture can teach you something about God. All of Scripture has the imprint of God on it. OT or NT, story or teaching, boring or exciting, from Genesis to Revelation all of Scripture is there for a very important purpose.
In fact, every single word.
The Rabbis have two sayings that I love. One – God does not waste ink. In other words, if it’s in this Book it is in there for a reason and our job is to work together with the Holy Spirit to figure out why.
Second – there are 70 facets to the Torah. Hold up a diamond. Every side has a different sparkle, a different shade, and gives you a new view of the same diamond. Each verse in the Bible is like that. Hold up one verse and you can find a multitude of teachings in there bc our God is deeper than we can even begin to imagine. I knew of a pastor who took a single verse and taught on it for at least a few mos bc he did about one word per sermon. You could do that with any verse in Scripture.
As has been said by others – our God is a God of details. Every book, every chapter, every verse, every word is in there for a reason. Now it’s your job to work with the Holy Spirit and find out why.