I have a confession to make. I am an Apple fanboy. I proudly display the little silver apple logo on my rear window. They have helped me to fully understand the sin of coveting. The release of the iPhone 5 this week has made me thankful for cellphone contracts to help temper my desire. Thank you very much Verizon Wireless! You have ensured that there will be no iPhone 5 in my future. The other day, a friend sent me a link to the video of Steve Jobs announcing the very first iPhone back in 2007. Hearing Jobs make the announcement helped me realize why I appreciate Apple products so much. He spoke with passion and enthusiasm about the quality of the workmanship, the intelligence of the design and engineering, and the revolutionary technology that the iPhone brought to the market. While the device is pretty awesome all by itself, hearing about it from the mouth of its creator makes one appreciate it even more.
This is one of the reasons the Scriptures are so precious. No doubt, we can look at the world around us and recognize how amazing the Creator must be, but actually hearing from the Creator – that’s another story! This is exactly what God has done for us in giving us the Bible. In Creation, God has revealed something of His glory and His power. But Creation is only enough to hold us accountable, not redeem us. Therefore, God has given us the necessary information to deliver us from sin by giving us His grand narrative in the Scriptures.
We must understand that the intention of the Scriptures is the same as the intention of Creation. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.” Creation’s testimony is to the glory of God. The Scriptures have a similar purpose. Many treat the Bible as if it is a book about us, but the reality is that the Bible is a book about God. From beginning to end, the Bible tells us about God’s character, His expectations, His love, and His glory. The central narrative is that of Jesus Christ. The general revelation of Creation points us to the Creator. The special revelation of the Bible points us to the Savior.
Again, God did not have to do what He did. He did not have to inspire Godly men to write His words down and preserve them for millennia. He did not have to get specific. But He did. And by His doing, we have in our possession EVERYTHING we NEED to know about God. This is why we place such a high priority on the Bible. Psalm 19:7 says, “The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.” It is much more than coffee table decoration, and it should have a place of prominence in our lives.