50 Reasons to Open a Bible

It’s about you…
Paul falls on his knees for you and I, praying that the scales will fall from our eyes as they did from his. Praying that we might get a fresh vision of the God who gave everything for us.
Ephesians 1 vv 1-19, Acts 9 vv 17-19

It’s fast…
They run like the wind, desperate to get back and tell the others. Their hearts blazing with wonder and hope. Not too long ago they trudged away in confusion. Now they’re back, eyes wide and on hearts fire. This is too important for hanging around. Everything’s changed.
Luke 24 vv 28-34

It’s breath-taking…
They hardly dare breath, the sight is so incredible, absolutely other-worldly. Peter had put two and two together back there in Caesarea, now they get a glimpse of the reality. The Messiah, shining like the sun, the light of the world beaming out of him.  Like a million floodlights.
Matthew 17 vv 1-2, Matthew 16 vv 13-16

It’s romantic…
Like a lover waiting for his love to trust him, he waits for people to come closer. Move out from behind that rock, show their face, talk to him, give him the smile he longs for, get to know him better.
Song of Songs 2 vv 14

It’s life-changing…
Naaman wants to take this compassionate God with him, this healing deity, so he asks if he can take a bit of turf with him, a little holy ground. It’ll take a while to find out that this God is not in one place, but everywhere.
2 Kings vv 14-17, Joshua 1 v 9

It’s counter-cultural…
The father runs, looking like a complete idiot. A fool, a loser. But he doesn’t care. He wants to scoop up his son, the child he loves, the one he’s been waiting for. And he’ll run again and again. Look the fool, to scoop us up, the children he loves. The beloved, precious people he carefully crafted.
Luke 15 v 20

It’s straight-talking…
‘Won’t be easy,’ he says, glancing at their troubled faces, ‘but it’ll be worth it. You’re father knows you inside and out, you are so precious to him. But following me will set you apart. Give you different priorities. At times make you look a little odd. But every step of the way is worth it.’
Matthew 10 vv 24-39

It’s powerful…
A roaring storm, the widows rattling, the branches of nearby trees dashing the windows, like drumming fingers. As if God were knocking, asking to come inside. Afterwards no one can be sure whether the ground actually shook, but their world did. Never the same again. Acts 2 vv 1-4

It’s unforgettable…
She longs to honour him, to thank him for his help, to show him her devotion. And so she causes a bit of a stink. Pours the perfume on him, The house will carry the aroma for days. Their clothes too. But the tale of what she has done will last forever.
Mark 14 vv 3-9

It’s funny…
‘Seriously?’ says Jesus looking at their extraordinarily earnest faces, ‘You want me to silence a joyful crowd of thousands? I tell you something, even if I could, you see those rocks there? They’d start singing. Your shoe, that jug of water, the scowl on your face – they’d all break out into a happy song. That camel over there would start rapping.’
Luke 19 vv 36-40

It’s unexpected…
‘Lord,’ said Ezekiel, ‘I can’t touch human dung – it would make me unacceptable to you.’ ‘Touch it! Cook with it! Set fire to it!’ said God, ‘it will make people wake up and ask questions! I’m trying to get their attention! This is serious. I need them to listen to me.’ Ezekiel 4 vv 12-15

It’s contemporary…
‘Why do the nations rage like this? Why do they try and outdo one another? Why do they so hastily resort to posturing and belittling? And why do they kick against that man from Galilee? And those who trust in Him?’
Psalm 2 vv 1-3

It’s culinary…
My child, avoid the haunts of evil people, they eat wickedness and drink violence. Instead search for the subtle steps of the righteous, their food is kindness, their drink is the good will of God. Their compassion is like the warmth of the sun soothing the land in a new dawn.
Proverbs 4 vv 14-18, John 4 v 34

There’s mountaineering…
74 climbers take a mountain trek and encounter a sapphire pavement and a meal with God. The first example of communion perhaps, breaking bread with the Almighty and feeling better for it. Centuries pass and food still brings us close to God. Breaking bread, sharing wine, meeting Jesus.
Exodus 24 vv 9-11

It’s weird…
Imagine a dog returning to its own vomit. A delightful image. Yet in the same way a fool can return to their mistakes and mess, revisiting and redoing them. Making the same errors without learning anything from them.
Proverbs 26 v 11

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