and the Grass Burrs won.
Recent rains mean the churchyard grass is due a good mow. But before that, I realized last night, I could pull ALL the grass burrs that were going to seed and stop their proliferation.
I started last night ( arriving early for a meeting, I had some time on my hands). I picked up this morning where I had left off. I pulled quite a few of those lawn mines, and was feeling pretty good about myself.
But they just kept coming. The more I pulled, the more I saw. But they’re just grass burrs! Do grass burrs even have a brain? They best they could do to fight back was grab at my fingers, but these were still green; they didn’t even hurt all that much!
Then, with visions of victory flooding my mind, I deposited another handful in the bag, returned to the battlefield, and started again.
And there was another whole section of them! As if they had gone to seed during my brief visit inside!
I gave up and moved on to the list of Other Things I Came to the Office for This Morning.
And as I walked inside, I was reminded of this:
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like someone who planted good seed in his field. 25 While people were sleeping, an enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 When the stalks sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Master, didn’t you plant good seed in your field? Then how is it that it has weeds?’
28 “‘An enemy has done this,’ he answered.
“The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’
29 “But the landowner said, ‘No, because if you gather the weeds, you’ll pull up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow side by side until the harvest. And at harvesttime I’ll say to the harvesters, “First gather the weeds and tie them together in bundles to be burned. But bring the wheat into my barn.” ’” (Matthew 13, CEB)
It’s as if Jesus knew the way we thought!
And I don’t think it’s really about weeds.
Will the Bible survive?
The short answer is “Yes.” I have confidence it will.
Not everyone agrees. Here’s a quote from a book I am reading:
the percentage of Americans who believe the Bible is the “actual word of God, to be taken literally, word for word” has declined remarkably: In 1963, 65% believed this, but that figure is now at 32%.
For some, even 65% is disheartening. I have to admit, I’m not excited about 32%.
On the other hand, I read the whole quote. Did you catch it? The question equates belief that “the Bible is the actual word of God” with “taking it literally, word for word.”
Seems pretty obvious to me that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken “literally, word for word.”
When Jesus said, “I am the bread of life,” (John 6:35) he didn’t mean he was an actual loaf of bread.
In Psalms 17, 31, 36, 57, 61, 63, and others, the psalmist writes of taking shelter under God’s wings. He didn’t mean God is literally a bird!
There are plenty of other references throughout the Bible. I have no need to present an exhaustive list, because it really only takes one to make my point: the Bible is not intended “to be taken literally, word for word.”
But however sure I am the Bible isn’t to be taken literally word for word, I am even more convinced it is the “actual word of God.”
See what I mean?
The Bible will survive. Some of the ways we think about the Bible won’t. That may be a good thing.