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:
The revelation of God. Revelation that
pulls our lives together
The signposts of God, Signpost that are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God. Maps that are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God. Directions that are plain
and easy on the eyes
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.
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