You know…there are many precious truths that come to light when you read the Bible.
The WHOLE Bible. Especially in time order – you know – CHRONOLOGICALLY – like I’m doing now, 2nd year in a row and I plan to do it for at least the next 27.2 years.
The biggest thing I see is Christ – everywhere. As a quintessential “Christian kid” steeped in enough religion to inoculate me from catching the real thing with a complete lack of understanding of WHY I believed what I believed, most of the truths I’m seeing now by reading the whole Bible went sailing over my head in a cloud of Christianese. I firmly believe this is what lead me to be so susceptible to being lead away. Melanie and I both have vowed that this shall not happen with our kids. We can’t make them believe, but as Matt Chandler said last week – we can lay enough kindling wood around them (these truths and solid doctrine) and pray our butts off that God comes and ignites the fire.
I’m convinced – if you read God’s word – ALL of it – he will ignite that fire. He speaks thru His powerful Word.
One of the quick “little” truths I remembered again was in the story of the passover in Exodus 12:1-28. How much foreshadowing of Christ is in that story?!
- the sacrificial lamb (Christ was referred to this many times)
- the lamb must be perfect and without blemish (2 Cor 5:21)
- God’s chosen people (Israel) were saved by the blood of the lamb, as we are still saved by Christ’s shed blood on the cross
- What are we saved from? The wrath of God, as we are now
Romans 5:9 says –
Not to mention, Christ was crucified during the Passover holiday. (John 19:14, 31)
Doesn’t reading God’s whole word make so much more sense when you can see how all the pieces of his redemptive plan fit together in Christ?
Are you digging in?