People seem to love the idea of finding errors in the Bible (or at least what they think are errors). I remember when I thought I had found one of those.
I knew about Genesis 1:1, God creating the heavens and the earth, but then I found Colossians 1:16, saying that Christ created all things. Surely, I had discovered an error! But it all made perfect sense when I understood the Trinity.
There have been a few editions of the Bible that have had errors in their publication. The Camel’s Bible of 1832 states that Rebekah left her tent to meet Isaac with a group of camels, rather than damsels. The Wife-Hater Bible in 1810 read, “If any man come to me and hate not his own wife (instead of life), he cannot be my disciple.” Marriage counselors do not prefer that version!
If we are wallowing in sin right now, we are going to like the “Sin On” Bible printed in Ireland in 1716. It encouraged its readers to “sin on more” rather than “sin no more.” The Wicked Bible of 1631 reported the Seventh Commandment as “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
My favorite publication goof came in the 16th century when an American printer substituted the “Parable of the Vineyard” for the “Parable of the Vinegar.”
Publishers make mistakes, but God does not. His Word is “…perfect, refreshing the soul. [His statutes] are trustworthy, making wise the simple” (Psalm 19:7-8). The work of the Word of God is accurate and exhaustive.
As we learned on Sunday, the work of the Word makes our walk worthy. The Scriptures make us hopeful and bold. With a steady diet of God’s Word, we become gentle, affectionate, hardworking, and even virtuous. The bottom line, just as Paul taught the Colossians, is that the Bible changes us.
So this week, instead of looking out for goofs or seeming contradictions, let’s dig in and let His Word make us more like His Son.
“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”