Recently I decided to take on the gargantuan task of writing the Bible. All of it. By hand. I was inspired by the Journible collection and Deuteronomy 17:18 with instructions for Israel's kings: "And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law." It is going to take forever (well, I'm hoping to finish in a year... maybe) but I look forward to engaging with the scripture in a much more intense and focused way.
As of right now, I am twenty chapters in with 1,169 to go. I fully expect some of it to be challenging, but I am already seeing the rewards. I am going to use this space to check in regularly and share what I have learned throughout this project.
I have a big problem with silence. At work, while in my studio, while studying, I at least have music playing, and oftentimes a little Netflix in the background. I never finished The Bible series when it came out, so I have been catching up. This is how I found myself watching The Passion, while transcribing The Fall.
We all know the story. God created everything there is (with his words, something our church has been focused on this year, but that is a story for another time). It was beautiful and perfect...
..and then sin. As Eve ate the fruit and shared it with Adam, something entered the world that was broken. It was devastating. Sometimes it is hard to imagine just how terrible this was as we have no concept of life before it; we have only experienced the fallen world and the consequences.
And then this passage, from Genesis 3:21:
And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Honestly, this is a verse I may have glazed over in my reading before, but having to think about every letter and having the time to consider the context of the verse, I was blindsided by an obvious question.
Where did the skins come from?
Death. Something had to die, immediately, for their sin. God did this, though it was a mar on his perfect creation, because he loved them and was already beginning the work of restoration. I was floored. We think Abel was the first to die in the bible. He was the first man, yes, but death was already necessary.
I looked up, and on my screen was Christ on the cross. My Pastor likes to say that everything in the bible "fits perfectly together," and I have never seen it so clearly. Thousands of years after God made Adam and Eve garments of skin, the full force of sin was paid for in the flesh of Christ.
God's Word is not bound by time or limitation, and just as it worked thousands of years after creation, it is working now. The scandalous miracle is that despite all the years of sin, of man pulling away from God, is that God still pursues us, is still working for us.
So yes, I grew closer to God last night while watching Netflix, and I am quite alright with that.