This morning as I was preparing to head to work, I overheard my wife reading The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd–Jones to my son at the breakfast table. She was reading him the account of David and Goliath, and it was a joy to my heart to hear my boy joining in the telling of the story (mostly by inserting sound effects at key moments). My son loves this story. He often tells me that Goliath is “even bigger than you, Dad” and “Dad, God always wins His battles." I praise God for that. I love that he cheers for David. I love that he sees injustice and desires for good to overcome evil. I love that he wants to reenact the story using nerf guns and lightsabers. But what I love most of all is the message that he takes away each time we open this Bible as a family.
At the end of each of the accounts, the author does something that is rarely done among the stories our children normally read, or even other children's Bibles for that matter. Sally doesn’t tell the readers that they should be David in this story, or Noah, or even Moses. She makes a point to show the reader that these men and women are not the heroes of the Bible and neither are the readers. Instead, she points them in each and every story to the Hero that would one day wipe every tear and pursued His family all the way to death. In the case of David and Goliath, she concludes by stating that one day another Shepherd would come and defeat the giant that is sin and death. She often writes that “every story whispers His name!” The Bible is about our hero Jesus and this is the greatest news our kids can hear.
I love this Bible because Lloyd–Jones is teaching our children proper techniques early on for reading Scripture. So often we as adults are guilty of reading these same stories and inserting ourselves as the hero or heroine that overcomes obstacles and wins the day. That’s not the point of the Bible. It’s not about us. It teaches our kids that even the “best” of humanity will stumble and fall short; that the cleanest of us are but filthy rags and the only hope we have, is for Jesus to come and rescue us.
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