September 2022 Newsletter from Trinity Lutheran Church

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Why is the Bible so Special?

2 Peter 1:20, 21 "You must understand that no Scripture prophecy was created by the prophet's interpretation of events. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."

Let's pretend to listen to some soothing music. Let's all close our eyes and picture an orchestra playing the most beautiful symphony ever performed. Now we can open our eyes and learn how that music was written. One day, forty men were chosen from all over the United States. These men didn't know each other, and none of them knew how to write music. Some of the people picked were policemen, politicians, janitors, bankers, basketball players, and farmers. 

Each one was asked to write one part of the symphony. One man was chosen to write the music for the flutes, and another for the trumpet part. Still, another man was chosen to write music for the harp, and another for the cellos. After working many days on the project, it came time to hand in their music to the musicians. Each instrument practiced the music. 

Finally, the musicians sat up, ready to begin. The conductor raised his baton, and the music began. How do you think it sounded? ... Why? ... Yes, it was a horrible mass of noise. What a foolish experiment. A plan like that will never produce good results.

But something similar to that did happen long ago. God chose forty men for a special project.

Over a period of one thousand six hundred years, these men were to write something important. Many of the men came from different backgrounds. There were tent makers, fig pickers, and doctors. There was even a king, a soldier, a fisherman, and a preacher. Each was chosen to write a part of the Bible.

When it was finished, they had written sixty-six books containing more than thirty-one thousand verses. Their books were put together into one big volume called the Holy Bible.

But unlike the orchestra's horrible-sounding symphony, the Bible hums along in perfect harmony.  All sixty-six books, though written over sixteen hundred years by forty men, most of whom, by the way, never met each other, fit together perfectly. Each book tells the same story differently. Each book tells us about God's plan of salvation. Each writer shows us the need for a Savior, and each writer agreed that God is merciful and loving. How could this have ever happened?

There is a simple answer. Unlike all the books in every library in the world, the Bible stands alone because it is the only book that has as its author the Almighty God. God told His story through forty men. That's why the Bible is so special! Listen to the words of our Scripture passage: "You must understand that no prophecy of Scripture comes about by the prophet's interpretation of things." "For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." The books of the Bible were not people's ideas. It was God who moved these men to write the story He wanted to be told.

The next time you hold a Bible in your hands, think about the great miracle you are holding. It is a real, one-of-a-kind book. It is the actual Word of God!

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