All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).
To many people, the Bible is nothing more than a giant rulebook comparable to a code of conduct or the secular laws written by Congress. The only thing they might ever say is, “the Bible says homosexuality is wrong” or “the Bible says we should go to church.” Certainly, the Bible does contain things the people of God must do or abstain from. But if this is the extent of our familiarity with God’s Book, we have missed out on one of the most dynamic and versatile books ever written.
The book we call “The Bible” is actually made up of 66 different books, written by about 40 different God-inspired human authors. Each one of these books is unique and fascinating in its own way. Some books tell incredible stories. Genesis tells the story of God creating the heavens, earth, and every living thing. The Gospels tell the story of the God’s only Son leaving heaven and coming to earth as a sacrifice for all mankind. Some books, like Daniel & Revelation, contain apocalyptic language and imagery that would be nearly impossible to replicate in movie form.
Some books, like the Prophets & Paul’s epistles to churches, are impassioned messages to large groups of people to turn back to God. Some, like Paul’s letters to Timothy, are personal and intimate letters between close friends. In one book, Ecclesiastes, Solomon imagines what life would be like without God. The Psalms put into words the feelings we all have when trying to serve God, both the mountaintop moments of joy and the depths of despair.
God could have easily created a lengthy laundry list of commandments for people to follow. But instead He chose to reveal Himself and His plan to mankind through the most unique book ever written. He chose to reveal His Will to us through stories, letters, poems, speeches, and more. God wrote an amazing book. Have you read it?