What’s in God’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth?


What’s there in the Bible? It is a dangerous question. We might do better not to come too near this burning bush. For we are sure to betray what is—behind us! The Bible gives to every man and every era such answers to your questions as they deserve. We shall always find in it as much as we seek and no more:

  • high and divine content if it is high and divine content that we seek
  • transitory and “historical” content, if transitory and “historical” content that we seek
  • Nothing whatever, if it is nothing whatever that we seek.

The hungry are satisfied by it, and to the satisfied it is surfeiting before they have opened it. The question, “What is in the Bible?” has a mortifying way of converting itself into the opposing question, “Well, what are you looking for, and who are you, pray, who make bold to look?” (Karl Barth, “The strange new world in the Bible.” Cited from Gregory Alan Thornburry)

So, what’s in God’s Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth? What might you find? You will find:

A Revelation

The revelation of God. Revelation that 
    pulls our lives together

A Signpost

The signposts of God, Signpost that are clear
    and point out the right road.

A Map

The life-maps of God. Maps that are right,
    showing the way to joy.

A Compass

The directions of God. Directions that are plain
    and easy on the eyes

An Anchor

God’s reputation. A reputation that is twenty-four-carat gold,
    with a lifetime guarantee.

A Double Edged Sword

The decisions of God. Decisions that are correct
    down to the nth degree.

God’s Word is better than a diamond,better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe, sweet strawberries.

God’s Word:

warns us of danger

directs us to hidden treasures

accentuates hope in our lives

gives us a clean the slate, so we can start the day fresh

keeps us from stupid sins

leads us to the heart of Jesus

offers us salvation, redemption and the forgiveness of sins

promises eternal life – immorality…

Your word oh Lord is in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray over every day of my life. I will never be the same!

 

Psalm 19 (The Message)

Karl Barth quote

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