Fables?

“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (1 Pet 1:16)

Some of our youngest here know the value of some fables. When I was younger I heard my share of “the country mouse and the city mouse”. Some fables teach valuable lessons. The very definition of a fable is “a short story, typically with animals as characters that conveys a moral tale”. Fables are always fictitious, and always designed to teach some lesson on morality, ect. Fables are similar in many ways to the parables that our Lord taught. Jesus used parables to teach lessons on morality. Many though, in today’s time interpret and view the entire bible as a collection of nothing but fables.

Nothing takes God by surprise, and God knew some would try to turn His word into nothing but a collection of “good stories”, in His wisdom God inspired Peter to write that “we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eye witnesses of His majesty” (1 Pet 1:16). Peter refers back to the “Mount of transfiguration” in Matthew 17, where there in the midst of Moses and Elijah God the Father makes the statement concerning Jesus “This is by beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 17:5). The bible is surer than Peter standing on the Mount, with Moses and Elijah and hearing God the Father speak!

The bible is not just a major element in the life of a Christian, it is essential in the life of a Christian. Look at three things we need the bible for.

  1. The bible tells us about God: It started in Genesis where the bible begins to tell how God created the world and moves into God separating His people. Exodus tells us about the power of God to free His people, Leviticus God begins laying down rules and statutes for His people while Deuteronomy Moses relays to the second generation the things essential to their success to enter the Promised Land. Joshua ultimately leads God’s people to that Promised Land, and the books of history then begin telling us of the history of God’s people and additional captivities. The books of Prophecy tell us of the prophecies God relayed about His people going into captivity, and even further they tell of the coming of Jesus. The New Testament begins the story of Jesus birth and life, then death burial and resurrection. It tells of the gospel plan of salvation to save man today, and gives God’s people a standard to live by to be pleasing to God in all we do.
  2. The bible is how God speaks to His people today: The Hebrew writer tells us in the very first chapter that there was a time when God spoke directly to the heads of the home, then through the prophets. Today God speaks to us through His Son (Heb. 1:1). There are no other revelations (Gal 1:8), and for us to be approved by God (2 Tim 2:15) we must study the words God has spoken to us.
  3. The bible contains what we need to make it to heaven: James says the words of the bible will save our soul when received (Jas 1:21). Those words are God breathed and contained in the sixty six books of our bible, and more specifically the twenty seven that make up the New Testament. Jesus said we are a friend if we do what He says (John 15:14). If I am a friend to anyone, I want to be a friend to Jesus so I can live with Him forever. But to be His friend, we have to study, and learn, and obey.

There is no other book like the bible. It is still the best-selling book year over year. But a bible on the shelf does no good to us. May we all study our bibles every day to learn about God, learn those things He speaks to us, and learn what we need to make it heaven!

Ande Z