“…it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him.” Hebrews 2:3 (The Message Bible)
This scripture sounds a bit like the communication game I played as a child: Telephone. Three or more kids (or adults) sat in a circle and one person started the game by whispering a complicated story to the child sitting next to him or her. That child repeated the story to the next kid, and on to the next, etc. The last kid told the story out loud. Generally, the game produced a few laughs; rarely did the story match with the original one.
The Bible consists of sixty-six books of stories, conversations, songs, and sermons written by many different authors. Authors wrote from what they heard or saw–sometimes from a vision, a message directly from God, or from an angel–a version of “Telephone.”
Regardless of what translation of the Bible one reads, or how it is interpreted, it was written for a purpose. Eugene Peterson, who authored (along with many Old and New Testament Scholars) “The Message,” wrote in the introduction, “…the Bible is given to us in the first place simply to invite us to make ourselves at home in the world of God, God’s word and world, and become familiar with the way God speaks and the way in which we answer him with our lives.”
Dear Lord, I am grateful that through your words I can be part of your world. Amen.