Do We Treat Bible Verses Like
Fads or Treasures?
Authors seem to search out some unknown Old Testament verse, maybe in the Law or a minor prophet, and then they write a whole book on it. It’s a verse that has been passed by for generations, until the proverbial lightbulb went off for one person.
We “oohh” and “ahhh” over these books, and they come and go like fashionable trends. Don’t believe me? “The Prayer of Jabez.” Enough said.
Here’s my point: Let’s not focus on finding these “hidden” verses to the extent that we overlook the well-worn ones.
There is a reason that Psalm 23 is beloved even among those who do not regularly read the Bible.
There is a reason that Jeremiah 29:11 has given hope to people going through rough times.
There is a reason that John 3:16 is on the lips of elementary-aged Sunday School attendees.
It’s because they are important. They are signposts that have been handed down and reiterated by the saints who have gone on before us. To be a mature Christian doesn’t mean we skip over those verses in the Bible like we have come to the highest revelation of what it truly says. We shouldn’t discount these verses as if they were only for new believers.
Remember, the point of Bible study is not to know more about the Bible, it is to know more about God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I love the Sally Lloyd-Jones childrens’ Bible, “The Jesus Storybook Bible,” for many, many reasons (I highly recommend adults read it), but the subtitle really sticks with me: “Every Story Whispers His Name.” It’s really all about Jesus. From Genesis to Revelation, every story whispers His Name.
The greatest secret to reading and studying the Bible is this: it’s a never-ending well. While going through a recent study of Romans I’ve come to the conclusion that my understanding of sin, salvation, grace, and the sovereignty of God are only small drops in the ocean. The more you know, the less you know, and the more you want to know. It only makes sense that it’s a paradox, that’s the mark of the Kingdom of God.