“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He spoken, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
— Numbers 23:19
First there is an idea, which the author develops into an outline he can take to a publisher. When one is found, they usually work jointly to complete the manuscript, taking it through various stages of editing until the final version is ready to be printed.
However, with the Scripture there was no outline, no topic assigned, no editorial committee on this earth, no plan for production, no completion or publication dates. Indeed, some 40 different writers—over a period of 60 generations and some 1,500 years, writing in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), on a number of different continents, in numerous countries (including Palestine, Rome, Greece, Turkey, Patmos, Babylon, and Persia)—produced this incredible book. Writers who came from totally divergent backgrounds—kings and peasants, shepherds and fishermen, philosophers, and what have you—all conspired to produce a book that has the most incredible unity.
The book begins in a garden in Paradise and ends in a garden in Paradise. It begins with Paradise lost and ends with Paradise regained. There has never been another book so produced with such incredible unity as this wondrous book.
God of the Bible, make us truly “people of the Book.” Thank You that we live in a time where we have complete copies, in multiple versions and languages, with innumerable aids to help us understand Your Word better. Help us to be diligent in our studies of the Bible that we may apply it to our lives…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE KNOW
HIS WORD AND LIVE BY IT.