In the summer of 2006, I took a class through Crusade’s Institute of Biblical Studies called “Biblical Interpretation.” One of the required books was “God’s Big Picture…Tracing the story-line of the Bible” by Vaughan Roberts. Aside from loving the authors name, I gained so much from this biblical overview “showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God.”
Fast forward to now, and I am being so blessed by reading to Etta Catherine from the “Jesus Storybook Bible… Every Story Whispers His Name.” As my friend Nicole said, it is like having a personal quiet time to read this book! The book was originally given to Andrew and me by my Aunt Marye, who’s pastor was taking her entire church through this gospel-centered book. I highly recommend it to anyone! I am hoping that our children will grow up with a better understanding of how all of Scripture fits together and points to Jesus, and won’t have to have an “ah-ha” moment in a class when they are 25 years old. The introduction to the book is from Psalm 19 and Hebrews 1. Just reading it made me so excited to read on! In it, the author, Sally Lloyd-Jones writes “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. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!” It has been fun for me to read the Bible stories I’ve heard my whole life, told in a new way in this children’s book. My eyes filled with tears this week as I read from “The Story of Jairus’ Daughter, from Luke 8”. Jesus bring this little girl back to life! Then, “Jesus called to her family, ‘Bring this little girl some breakfast!’ Jesus helped and healed many people, like this. He made blind people see. He made deaf people hear. He made lame people walk. Jesus was making the sad things come untrue. He was mending God’s broken world.