Matthew 5:17-18 (ESV)
17Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Last night at church sitting around a dinner table, conversation developed. First, light chatter began about TV shows and movies. Next, the conversation moved to politics just briefly! Then, we found ourselves talking about religion and ended with discussing the Bible. On the way to church on a Christian radio station, the verse above in Matthew was read. Early this morning, I got to thinking about the verse and our conversation last night at church. In my very humble opinion, since I am definitely neither a theologian or Bible scholar, I’d like to share a few thoughts. It’s amazing to me that with varying languages and translations, time, and the fact that God used flawed human beings through which to write, that our Bible has changed so little. Just to note one change, man has added chapters and verses for ease of reference and determined the order of the books. So, back to Matthew 5. I woke up thinking about the difference between the words of the Bible and the Word. Jesus is “The Word,” as spoken in John 1:1. All that the Bible says from Genesis to Revelation will be fulfilled through Jesus Christ. A minute number of words and phrases may differ in each Bible translation, but the truth still stands as the meaning is the same. God’s word has been fulfilled throughout history and will continue to be the divinely inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The more I read it, the more amazed I am at how radical Jesus was in being different from the world. I’m amazed at how the Old and New Testaments fit together so perfectly and complete a magnificent story. I’m thankful for both the words and the Word!