As we start the book of Isaiah this month, here is some encouragement from Ray Ortlund, Jr, Pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville. He posted this at his blog, “Christ is Deeper Still”
“The books of Israel’s prophets are among the most difficult in the Old Testament, and probably among the most difficult books ever written.”
Delbert R. Hillers, Covenant: The History of a Biblical Idea, page 124.
God did not give us a comic book. But precisely because the Bible is so challenging, it’s satisfying. God treats us like adults.
There’s something about our culture that leaves us men feeling deeply trivialized: “My capabilities are video games, pornography and goofing off, I will never change, and I see no reason to change.” Then along comes the gospel and tells us that we matter to God. Along comes theological grandeur that lifts our minds into lofty things. Along comes the cause of Christ that gets us working in ways that will still matter a bazillion years from now.
At the center of this revolution is the Bible. It gets us reading and thinking and studying and discussing and going deeper than we’ve ever gone before, deeper than we’ve ever dreamed of going.
Thank God for the Bible. Difficult, but not impossible.