Friday, July 11, 2008

An architects view of the Bible

I heard a sermon today that has earned the right to stand among my all-time favorites: How to Study the Bible, by John MacArthur.

MacArthur begins with a quotation about the Bible, called an "architect's view of the Bible". It certainly gets the sermon going in the right direction and is worth a post in itself!
The Bible is like a magnificent palace constructed of precious oriental stone, comprising sixty‑six stately chambers. Each one of these rooms is different from its fellows and is perfect in its individual beauty while together they form an edifice incomparable, majestic, glorious and sublime.

In the Book of Genesis we enter the vestibule where we are immediately introduced to the records of the mighty works of God in creation. This vestibule gives access to the law courts, passing through which we come to the picture gallery of the historical books. Here we find hung on the wall scenes of battles, heroic deeds and portraits of valiant men of God.

Beyond the picture gallery we find the philosopher's chamber, the Book of Job, passing through which we enter the music room, the Book of Psalms, and here we linger, thrilled by the grandest harmonies that ever fell on human ears.

And then we come to the business office, the Book of Proverbs, in the very center of which stands the motto, "righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people."

Leaving the business office we pass into the research department, Ecclesiastes. Then into the conservatory, the Song of Solomon where greet us the fragrant aroma of choicest fruits and flowers and the sweetest singing of birds.

When we reach the observatory where the prophets with their powerful telescopes are looking for the appearing of the Bright and Morning Star, prior to the dawning of the Son of righteousness.

Crossing the courtyard we come to the audience chamber of the King, the gospels, where we find four life-like portraits of the King Himself revealing the perfections of His infinite beauty.

And next we enter the workroom of the Holy Spirit, the Book of Acts, and beyond the correspondence room, the epistles, where we see Paul and Peter and James and John and Jude, busy at their tables under the personal direction of the Spirit of Truth.

And finally we enter the throne room, the Book of Revelation, and there we are enraptured by the mighty volume of adoration and praise addressed to the enthroned King which fills the vast chamber. While in the adjacent galleries and judgment hall there are portrayed solemn scenes of doom and wondrous scenes of glory associated with the coming manifestation of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
You can read the transcript to this sermon here, or purchase it here.

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