I was once asked if Mary, the mother of Jesus, was actually a virgin before and after she miraculously conceived. Apparently, some people had told this person that the Bible doesn’t say that she was. After a quick search, I proceeded to share these words from the Gospel of Luke 1:26-27:
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”
Bible literacy. It’s becoming an increasingly rare thing as new generations enter the world and suffer from the misinformation of those that have come before. Why does it matter? Frankly, it doesn’t to people who don’t care to know God. Nevertheless, the Bible is an incredible gift, a love letter from heaven to mankind. It’s true that many see it in shop windows and on Amazon as one uniform book, but the Bible is really a collection of excavated historical texts, laws, letters and poetry that, though written hundreds, even thousands of years apart, refer to each other and to the same original God of the earth, Yahweh.
There are two main sections of the Bible; the Old Testament, which is before the time of Christ and the New Testament that shares Jesus’s life and teachings as well as the early history of the Christian church. One of the many things that makes both sections so relevant is that they address the scope of human need. The book of Genesis tells of our creation at the hands of God, fall from grace with sin entering the world then goes on to reveal the origin of separate nations and diverse languages. The Song of Solomon is actually an achingly romantic love poem between Solomon, King of Israel, and his new bride. It details the richness of verbal love making and genuine companionship while in the book of Ecclesiastes a teacher, who may be the same king now in his old age, reflects on the futility of pride, materialism and opposition to an all powerful God. Then there are the gospels of the New Testament. Scribed by four different authors but decades apart with incredibly matching accounts, they tell of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and His fulfillment of prophecy as a sacrifice for human sin.
Maybe you don’t know the Bible. Perhaps you believe in Jesus but feel you don’t have the time to read about Him or learn about those who trusted in His Father, the living God. You may not even be a Christian, in which case you’re in the right place, because God’s letter is from His heart and just for you. So come back next month as we cover every kind of topic concerning the word of God. From summaries of individual books and dates of authorship to hard questions and prophecy, I and those I consult will pour the information out. Get rid of the rumors and hearsay, brush the dust off of your Bible and lets turn the pages together.