Bible X

Over the past couple of years, our study group has read some amazing, challenging material, from Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still and Dr. Craig’s On Guard to John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. While these were all wonderful and eye-opening, there is simply no replacing the fulfillment that comes from reading the Word of God. The soul craves it, gets thirsty for it.

And so, our study group has decided to dive back into the Bible itself with a beta study. Bible X is to meant to help its students understand their faith more fully by piecing together our story from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a big commitment that will take our group about a year to complete. If we can minimize the digressing. 😀

Session 1 of Module 1 begins this week, and we go all the way back to Creation. After all, God so loved his creation that he gave …

When we have finished this study, I hope we’ll be able to tell the world, “We believe this, and this is why we believe it.” And then if it becomes necessary, we can always pull out On Guard and argue it logically. 😉

Point is, I am so excited to dive into the Word this week. Yes, much of the material will be familiar, but God is amazing in how he can reveal new truths and forgotten wonder in the same ol’ material. Spirit-breathed. Taking in the breath of God. Hmm, isn’t that how God woke Adam from the dust?

Wake us, Lord!

Before the world began, Proverbs 8

My husband was so excited about this particular passage that he had to read it to me. Now, the footnote in my Bible says that Proverbs 8:22-31 concerns the origin of wisdom. All well and good. But when I imagined Jesus saying these things about himself, the passage took on a whole new layer of awesomeness:

“The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,

before his deeds of old;

I was appointed from eternity,

from the beginning, before the world began.

When there were no oceans, I was given birth,

when there were no springs abounding with water;

before the mountains were settled into place,

before the hills, I was given birth,

before he made the earth or its fields

or any of the dust of the world.

I was there when he set the heavens in place,

when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

when he established the clouds above

and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

when he gave the sea its boundary

so the waters would not overstep his command,

and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

Then I was the craftsman at his side.

I was filled with delight day after day,

rejoicing always in his presence,

rejoicing in his whole world

and delighting in mankind.”

sea-stacks-by-ivan-sohrakoff

Sea Stacks by Ivan Sohrakoff, 2011

Now, I had no idea how controversial this particular passage was until I tried to find it online. “Hotly debated” was a term I came across, in reference to the potential comparison between Jesus and wisdom as described here. So, take it or leave it. Me? If the wisdom belongs to Jesus, the LORD, YHWH, the Creator of you and me in the first place, then I say the passage describes him regardless. Our Creator longs for us to know him, and this passage might just give us a glimpse of how great he is. So let folks debate and miss a beautiful parallel, if that is their preference. I’ll just bask, thanks.