“Then Elisha died and was buried. Groups of Moabite raiders used to invade the land each spring. Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!” 13:20
The first time I heard this story was secondhand, from a friend telling me about the powerful story she read that morning. It was about ten years ago, before I had ever started reading God’s story myself. I grew up going to church and attending private school, but had never opened my Bible outside of Sunday morning or my Bible class at school.
But this story greatly intrigued me. A man so powerful, his jostled, rotting bones sprung a dead body to life? I searched the Old Testament, looking for the radical anecdote my friend mentioned. This story initiated my interest in the Bible; I never stopped reading.
Reading it now, in context, years later, I still feel the same way about it. It’s amazing! It reminds me how powerful God is and how uniquely he uses men to display it. But I also feel a little convicted. I love reading and talking about the Bible. Opening it up first thing in the morning is a fixture in my day. But I’m not sure I always submit to it.
But how am we reading the Bible? Are we scouring it for entertaining narratives or maybe skimming it for one-line verses that appease us? It’s easy to do. To side-step the gray areas, the ‘boring’ parts or the narratives that make you uncomfortable.
I consider myself in relationship with God. And when you are in a relationship with someone, you get to know their story. You talk about their past. You admit to your past. You get to know who they are: the boring parts, the gray areas and the things that make you uncomfortable.
How are we reading our Bibles? Open-handed, humbled and disciplined? Or loosely, lazily and with a personal agenda? I think it’s a good thing to think about, and I don’t know why today’s chapters triggered this soap box of mine to come out.
When we read the Bible, are we submitting to it? It says in James 1:24 that reading the Bible and not obeying it is like spending time in front of the mirror, only to walk away and forget what you look like. Reading the Bible is a great place to study God’s features, learn what he looks like, retain His words and apply it to our lives.
Is there a part of the Bible that draws you in? A great story or narrative that you can’t help but share with others if the opportunity comes up? Share with us in the comments! We love hearing from you.