Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 26 of 90: Sneeze

Today's reading is from 1 Kings 16:21- 2 Kings 4:37. One verse leaped out at me, and it was from the very end of the section.

It's in the section where Elisha brings a boy back from the dead. It's very similar to when Elijah brought a boy back from the dead. But one little phrase that was part of a verse jumped off the page. 2 Kings 4:35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.
He sneezed 7 times! Crazy! Not so crazy that a boy sneezed but crazy that it's in the Bible. And not crazy in a out of your mind kinda way, but crazy in I can't believe it's there.

I think it's so interesting that God saw fit to put such a strange detail in the Bible. It doesn't mean anything spectacular, it doesn't have any special significance, but it's there. I think it's a wonderful statement about the Bible and the men who wrote it. There wasn't a reason to include a boy sneezing in the Bible. It adds nothing to the story; the story is in the boy being raised from the dead. But the writer of the book (I found differing views on who this was, most say Jeremiah) added that detail because he was under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. There's no other explanation that I can see. That detail is in the Bible because God wanted it in the Bible.

That makes me so excited! The Bible is full of details that are there because God wanted them there. He is telling us what He wants us to know, He is revealing His nature through the words of the Bible.
Wow! The Creator of the universe wants me to know all about Him by reading His word.

Isn't that awesome?

1 comment:

Kari said...

Yes, it IS AWESOME! Because only He Is AWESOME--and if He wanted it in His Book, I think it's fabulous. It's now on my list of things-I-didn't-know-were-in-the-Bible