One Big Story
Jack Henry and I are reading through his story Bible. Our family has used different story Bibles with our kids throughout the years. Some have been OK and some we've had to get rid of because they were so, well, unbiblical. Now finally, I've found one that I really like, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Here's an excerpt:
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. They show you how life works best. But the Bible 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. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.I think you can see why Tim Keller "would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian." Jack Henry and I are about half way through and he can't wait to get to the end to "find out what happens."
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 . . . There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.