Antique Is In
Archeological evidence for Jesus
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
There is a whole world of antiques and collectibles that I am only barely aware of. I stumbled into it this year as I moved into my new home and began to search for some furniture. I thought, “It would be a good idea to get some used stuff and save money. I should check out the antique shops.” Not too bright, am I?
The first place we went to was decked out with fancy lights and polished tabletops. The prices were double what you would pay for new! I thought, “Don’t old things depreciate in value?” The woman that ran the store wouldn’t budge on any of the items and insisted on their value.
The second store was more of a barn, stacked to the rafters with… stuff. This vendor was willing to negotiate from his top-dollar pricing. Nonetheless, the manner in which he talked about his items, combined with the sheer quantity and organization, betrayed his passionate love for these pieces of someone else’s history.
Every once in a while, you meet people like this. They’re slightly eccentric because of their profound love of something that many disregard completely. I know of an antique that a few people care for deeply; an antique that some believe still contains much more value than its contemporaries deem it to possess. It’s the Bible.
A long time ago, God spoke to humanity (which is a profound thing).
He has recorded those words for all time (which is an even greater thing).
The words will never change because He is unchanging (which is a comforting thing).
Despite all attempts to the contrary, His Word has endured. No surprise there. Isaiah 40:8 and 1 Peter 1:25 both tell us “the word of our God endures forever.” Rare objects of all sorts garner top dollar, meanwhile, the Holy Bible remains undervalued by so many. God has something to tell you! His word is just as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. Dust it off. Open the book. Antique is in.
God, Help me to see that Your word is powerful, relevant and necessary for my life today. Help me to see its true value. Amen.
Question: How do you keep your own reading of the Bible fresh and engaging?