Yesterday’s sermon reminded us that all of Scripture, including the Old Testament prophets and writings, are about Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:10-12). Pastor Bobby referenced a talk by Tim Keller that is summarized in the video in this post. As we realize that the Bible is not about us and what we need to do, but about Jesus and what he has done, we approach our reading and study of Scripture with new wonder and fervor.
It takes discipline for us to approach Bible-reading with this mindset. Sometimes we need to develop our theological vocabulary and understanding in order to more deeply appreciate the truth of Scripture. If you are looking for a resource to help you understand the Bible as a whole, check out this book by Vaughan Roberts.
Are you looking for something to read with your kids? Sally Lloyd-Jones has written two wonderful books that help children and adults alike see Jesus woven throughout all Scripture. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is a collection of devotional readings and whimsical art that turn our hearts to God’s freely given love, purchased by Jesus. This book can help children learn to develop their own daily time with Jesus. The Jesus Storybook Bible begins with this:
“Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it…But it isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done. Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all…No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne–everything–to rescue the one he loves….the best thing about this Story is — it’s true.”