Familiar Friends – Books of the Bible

Tonight I had this strange feeling as I was looking at the list of Books of the Bible – that they we’re familiar friends.  I was helping my daughter memorize the books of the bible and they suddenly seemed so familiar to me.  I think of Joshua leading the Israelites into the promised land, God’s faithfulness to Ruth, and Nehemiah rebuilding the Temple.  I think of Esther risking all for her people, of Samuel the prophet, and David the King.  I think of all the kings recorded in 1st and 2nd Kings and 1st and 2nd Chronicles.  I think of Solomon’s writings – Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.   I think of the beautiful Psalms – all the imagery and the raw emotion.  I think of the various Judges – Deborah and Gideon.

I think of the prophets – Daniel, Isaiah, and Jeremiah (these can get pretty weird).  I think of the anguish of God and his people in Lamentations, Zephaniah, and Haggai.  What we’re once just names are now living stories of God’s faithfulness through the cycles of rebellion and repentance.  Of how much I understand Job is more than some platitudes – but is our story.

I love the Gospels – of how they tell us the story of Jesus in different ways.  I think of the hope presented in Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians.  I think of the overwhelming love presented in 1, 2, and 3 John.  I think of the conviction in James – the desire for faith with feet.  I think of the wisdom Paul has for others in 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus.  I think of the grand narrative of God’s work told in Hebrews and of our wonderful ending in Revelation.

I think I used to think of these books as knowledge – of something to be learned in your head.  I realize now I think of these now more as life.  I believe they are the words of my Father in heaven – words of hope and wisdom for me.  I know they tell God’s story of interacting with us – the crazy humans who inhabit this planet.  The goal isn’t to know more of the words in the book – but to know the author. These old friends now tell me about him – remind me of who he is and what he hopes I will be.

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