So many Christians are content to just read a verse or two in the morning or read a prescribed portion of scripture from a daily Bible reading guide. The Bible has been replaced in many Christian’s lives with daily devotion booklets. Even in many modern church meetings, congregations are encouraged to read the verses of the sermon on the overhead screen instead of opening their Bibles. When searching the scriptures, we must realise that God gave the scripture to us for a purpose. He wants us to understand His vision.
Imagine an architect designing a house. He has a mental picture of the house. He can see the house in his mind. He has a vision. Then he sits at his drawing board and puts the vision down on paper. Front view, side view, plan, cross sections, dimensions, details and specifications are all documented. There is only one house, but many drawings from different angles with relevant explanations. In the same way God has documented His vision in the Bible. There are many stories, songs, proverbs, prophecies, parable sand letters, but all of these are pointing to the same vision. Even though the Bible as we have it today has been physically written by about 40 different human authors, each one was only an instrument through which God spoke.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
The architect then gives the document to the builder. The builder has the mission of actually building the house, but he does not do it himself, he has a building team that must be activated. The building team cannot understand the architects building plans except if the builder interprets it for them. It is God’s vision, He is the Architect and it is God’s Mission, He is the Builder.
For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.
Hebrews 11:10 (AMP)
The Bible is God’s Word the documentation of His vision or the “building plans”. We are the building team, co-labourers with God.
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP)
The Builder and His building team labour together. Unfortunately many of the building team don’t realise what we are building and many more don’t realise that it is God’s vision and God’s mission, not our own vision and mission.
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
Psalms 127:1 (KJV)
One of the main reasons why we have missed God’s vision and not received revelation of the mystery is the way we read the Bible. To explain this I will tell of an experience I once had.
I was part of a team constructing a water pipeline. I basically worked as surveyor, setting out the line and levels before the machines could excavate. The pipeline was originally surveyed by the consulting engineers and they had marked various points with small steel pegs. Unfortunately this had happened ten years before I arrived, so small steel pegs were very difficult to find in the Kalahari bushveld. Not wanting to make a mistake and start the machines digging in the wrong direction, started searching for the little steel pegs. After much searching we found a peg about five kilometres from the beginning of the pipeline. I made a long red and white pole and erected it on top of the peg then returned to the beginning to see if I could spot it through the telescope. As I scanned the horizon, I found the red and white beacon, but I also noticed that there was a feint line through the bush and trees marking the ten year old survey. The previous surveyor had chopped out some bushes, sawn
of some branches and left a feint straight line through the bushveld marking the pipeline. As I now looked down this line I could see the end from the beginning. Where ever I happened to find myself along the pipeline, I would orientate myself by looking for the feint line through the bush. Other people may have criss-crossed the line hundreds of times, they may have even found some of the small steel pegs, but did not know to look for the feint line running from the beginning to the end.
In the same way, many of us read the Bible by isolating a verse or just a few verses instead of seeing God’s feint line throughout all scripture. How many times have you heard a sermon build around a single verse? Often the verse is read and then around it is embroidered a story, three or four points and a few jokes and when people leave the church they all say what a great sermon it was, but two hours later they can’t remember a thing. This is just a waste of time. It would be far better to find the feint line marking God’s plan and purpose only to discover that all scripture flows in a straight line. Scripture confirms scripture and continues to reinforce God’s Vision from beginning to end. Different themes flow through the stories in the Bible like the different views of the Architect’s house, all describing the same thing. Over and over again, the Bible is clearly the documentation of God’s unchanging plan and purpose.