"All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, reproof, correcting, and training in righteousness...," (II Timothy 3:16).
The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It has shaped the course of human history. It is no ordinary book. Today's text tells us that it is "God-breathed". Some translations use the word "inspired", but "god-breathed" is more accurate. The processes involved in the creation of this "book" result in its contents being a vehicle through which God has made his mind known to humanity.
One of the great tragedies of our times is that so few people in our culture have even read the Bible. Time magazine contained a cover story several years ago indicating that our culture is biblically illiterate. That is why Sunday night, and the four following Sunday nights, is so important.
After three years in development and production, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's epic ten-part series, "The Bible" begins its run this Sunday night on the History channel (check your local listings for time in your area). From the Creation account of Genesis, all the way through to Jesus' promises of his Second Coming in Revelation, this is the most ambitious biblical media event in history. It was a monumental undertaking, and Sunday night it finally arrives!
The series tells the "Big Picture" of the Bible. Spanning over 2,000 years of history, containing sixty-six separate documents, written by forty-plus authors, and more than 1,500 years in the writing, the Bible is more than daunting to most. But contained within its pages is a story. One story, beginning in Genesis, and ending in Revelation. It is this "meta-narrative" that Burnett and Downey have captured on film, in order to expose a new generation to what for many has tragically been lost.
I'm sure some critics will find fault with any differences from the original text. But for most of the target audience, the changes are so minor, they won't make a difference. All the critic truths of the God-breathed original are there. I hope you will tune in this Sunday. And I hope you will use all your networks and social media friends to spread the word.