Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)
The Greatest Story Of All
We have been spending our time on Saturdays looking at various stories from the Bible. This book is filled to the brim with stories of love, hate, intrigue, revenge, compassion, heroism, failure, wars, miracles – every category known to man is in this book. It is important to remember the stories in the Bible are real people living in real time experiencing real events with real consequences good or bad. The Bible is a book of reality.
The ‘Bible’ received its name from the Greek word “BIBLIA” meaning “books” (diminutive from bı́blos, the inner bark of the papyrus). Written by forty different men over 1400 years it has become a collection of books from Moses writing the first five books to the apostle John’s revelation. Hebrew, Chaldean and Koine Greek were the languages of the original text. Jesus refers to the Old Testament (the same books we have today) as the “Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms” (Luke 24:44). The Bible was divided into chapters by Stephen Langton about 1228, the Old Testament was divided into verses by R. Nathan in 1448 and the New Testament by Roberts Stephanus in 1551. The entire Bible divided into chapters and verses first appeared in the Geneva Bible in 1560.
What is the greatest story in the Bible? The Bible is its own great story. Filled with stories it becomes the greatest story ever told. Early man had the stories of creation and the flood handed down through generations by word of mouth. Moses began the collection of books in writing the Pentateuch (Genesis – Deuteronomy). Through the centuries inspired men wrote books of law, history, poetry and revelation. When we pick up a Bible today we are picking up a message that is as old as the earth – in fact older.
If you are looking for a good story to read then you have come to a story no man could write. Guided by the Holy Spirit the pens of men inscribed upon the centuries of time the greatest story – His name is Jesus. The book of Genesis is about the Christ. Exodus permeates with the will of the Lord. In every book of the Bible the central figure is Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is not about the Jews but the Savior they rejected. Filling the pages of the New Testament the Son of God burst upon the scene of humanity showing His love in His death. The Bible may be a collection of sixty-six books but it is one book with one story.
What is remarkable about the Bible is that if you lived as long as Adam (930 years) you will still not glean all the kernels of truth found in this great story. Do not let that discourage you. Let it challenge you. Learn all you can about the story from Creation to the “surely I am coming quickly” of the Revelation. Put things in place in time. Learn the story of the Bible and you will never be the same person. Get to know the characters, the places, the events, the stories, the message and your life will be filled with hope and peace.
Today is a great day to read a great story. Read the Bible.