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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Story Time

Every so often I'm asked what my favorite Bible verse is.

The answer I give usually disconcerts the questioner.

I don't have one.

To me, the Bible is about stories. It's about God working His way into the consciousness of the Jewish people, and His breakthrough - and sacrifice - in a wider world.

It's the story of the shepherd boy, David, who became a flawed king. An adulterer and a murderer, he learned that even a king has to bow to Someone.

Then there's Peter, an ex-fisherman who became the mainspring of the first Christian church in the world.

It's about a guy named Saul who changed his name to Paul, and worked tirelessly to spread the Good News. Brave man, Paul, enduring prison and a fatal trip back to Rome.

To me, these (and more!) are the jewels of Scripture.

And there are stories that make me distinctly uncomfortable. The death of Ananais and Sapphira, for instance...Peter comes across as kind of cruel, and the Holy Spirit as capricious. Ananais and Sapphira were certainly greedy deceivers, but death seemed a bit harsh.

It only serves to underscore that I don't understand everything about God.

What about you? Do you find inspiration and comfort from individual passages, or do you hold to the stories?

Or both?


  1. Replies
    1. Both is good - bravo!

      Would you be willing to share your favorites, Nancy?

  2. I love both, too, Andrew. I love the stories ... but then I love the Psalms and Proverbs which are good to meditate on. I love finding a good verse, short and sweet, and just saying it out loud to God (when I'm alone!). I love Psalm 16:2. I wish the enemy would have been thrown somewhere else! Ha! But like you said, and the Bible says, "God's ways are not our ways." It's great to ponder though.

  3. Sometimes a verse speaks to me just in the right moment, but I"m a story girl, too. Great question!

  4. I love both too. God really speaks through the stories of his people though, in the Bible and today. The mystery of God is scary and beautiful all at the same time.