Wednesday, 14 January 2015

What colour is your Bible? - A Dose of Encouragement 55


The other day I saw a kindle ebook titled "In Pursuit" advertised for Free.

Now I will always give an ebook a second glance if it is free but sometimes on my iPad the picture of the book is quite small so as this was the case I enlarged the picture and then ended up laughing out loud (no one heard me as Fred was resting in front of the TV in the lounge after having a tooth extracted and I was in my study).

Why did I laugh?

Because I could not believe the tagline of the ebook

"Devotions for the Hunter & Fisherman"


Now I come from Northern Ireland and we have few hunters here.

Even when I lived in the US for 3 years we did not live in an area known for a lot of hunting.

Northern Ireland does have a lot of Fishermen though but of the ones I know I could not imagine any of them looking for a devotional book specifically for them.

Anyway after I laughed the next thing out of my mouth were the words

"Next we will have Bibles produced specifically for people of all different interests" 

and yes I was still on my own and no-one could hear me but have you never talked to yourself?

Then I realised that we had already reached this ridiculous point in life.

Yes already we had reached the point where the publishers of Bibles as well as devotionals were specifically targeting all the different sections of the community to sell more books and Bibles.

I had to wonder why?

Was the bible written with different verses for a man than for a woman?

Was the bible written with different verses for a single person than a married one?

Was the bible written with different verses for a Pentecostal than an Anglican?

Was the bible written with different verses for a teenager than for an adult?

Was the bible written with different verses for a hunter than for a doctor?


Did we need to have a different Bible for an engineer than for a teacher or a housewife?

Because if so then my husband the Mechanical Engineer and I a Mathematics Teacher turned Housewife, could not read the same Bible together because of our occupations and of course also because we are not of the same sex.

We could not have read the Bible as a family together when the kids were teenagers.

We could not read the Bible together as a family now because some are Pentecostal and some are Anglican.

We could not read the Bible together as a family now because some are single and some are married.


What would be next?

Would we have to have different Bibles for people of all different race or nationality?


Let's put some pink or purple covers on them because that will appeal to the females 
they had decided at one stage.
Well I certainly didn't get hooked in then because I much prefer black or brown or blue books so no pretty feminine looking Bible for me.

But of course this was nothing to do with it at all - they simply wanted to sell more Bibles.

Now I know I'm sounding a bit extreme but my main problem is not with all the different speciality bibles or devotionals so much as with the purpose of our bibles.




When the Bible was written I am so thankful that it was written for all of us regardless of gender, age, race, intelligence etc.

When Jesus came to this earth for one specific reason

 to be the ransom for each one of us, 
the one who would take all our sins on himself and die in our place 

I am so thankful that He did not differentiate between us.

So this inspired Word of God which was written for all of us to know the Truth of Jesus Christ and be set free from our old self and renewed by God's Spirit; was written for each and every one of us.


And it doesn't matter

          how many bibles we have,

                    what size they are,

                              how expensive they are,

                                        how many notes are included in them,

                                                  how used or how new they are.


The important thing is that we read our Bible and we grow in the Grace of our Lord and Saviour as we do so.




I know I'm not in pursuit of God's Word as much as I should be.

Are you?

Let's be encouraged today to go read that passage we have been meaning to read.

Let's be encouraged today to relax & drink in from God's Word no matter what colour our bible might be.


21 comments:

  1. Excellent point. The bible was written for everyone, but sadly there are people who just want to sell bibles, or devotional books, so it is kind of funny how they create so many little categories.... instead of simply encouraging everyone to read the bible, get closer to God and grow!

    I enjoyed this post. (Stopping by from A Little R&R Wednesdays) Thanks and God bless you!!!

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    1. Lovely to have you drop in Lily. Maybe I just like things to be simple but a different cover or a few extra notes are not important to me.

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  2. As I read I was thinking of how we enjoy the freedom of having our Bibles in full view in our homes. We can carry them in our purses, under our arms and anywhere we go with no fear. I pray that we would treasure the words hidden in our hearts and let them be a light to our feet and a lamp to our path. regardless of the color!!

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  3. Wonderful post, Sandra! The Bible itself contains everything we need, from young to old, male to female, regardless of profession, to learn and understand God's will for our lives and how to pursue Him. Blessings! =)

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  4. I think I have every version and I have a pink Bible, and a brown, a black and a blue. this is a great post. We just need to read the bible, the bible is the best instruction manual. Blessings Diana

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  5. Sandra...You make a valid point. The bible was written for all no matter ethnicity, race, gender, age, job, etc. Thank you for the reminder today. Found you at Sunday Stillness.

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  6. This makes me chuckle, Sandra :). I worked in a Christian bookstore, and the Bible section covered the largest section of the store--and it was filled with all different versions, covers and colors (even a waterproof Bible with a camouflage cover for the hunters and fishers out there). Bread comes in all different varieties, but it all serves the same purpose--to nourish us. Sometimes, we're drawn to eat it because of the packaging, but it still service the same purpose--to nourish us. The different packaging of both bread and Bibles is simply a marketing tool to draw us to a life giving substance ;).

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your post on Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party #62. I've pinned your post to our Pinterest board.

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  8. This is so right! Marketing for Bibles or Bibles for different beliefs is so not necessary - it's just necessary to get into His word! So, since you prompted this, I'll commit here! :) I've quietly decided to read the Bible through this year. I've read every piece of the Bible many, many times, but I've never read straight through. So, you get my first verbalization of my goal. Thanks for this post!

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  9. Your story brought to mind about a very young evangelist that came to our church to hold a weeks meetings. Each night he wore a different colored outfit with a matching Bible. Blue, Red, Pink, and the young people loved it. My Bible is Black but each morning before I read anything else, I read from E-Sword on my computer so it probably has no color except for the words. Yes, there are Bibles for children, young people but a good Study Bible is usually black.
    Thank you for your awesome post shared with us here at "Tell me a Story."

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  10. "I know I'm not in pursuit of God's Word as much as I should be."

    Ditto that. I can sugar coat it in the lies of how busy I am or how I am doing other things for the Lord, but the point is I need to know Him better! Thank you for this reminder. And thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

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  11. I had a young friend who was not saved and I wanted to give him a Bible. I chose the green "Living Bible," because I knew it was written in a language he could understand. He moved to another State and my prayer is that he read that Bible and received our Lord. Many times you never know what little acts like this will accomplish, but you obey and hope to see them in heaven.

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  12. Great post, Sandra! Certainly we should be more concerned with what the Bible tells us, not what kind of Bible we have. The message is all the same and we need to be sure we are reading it! Thank you for this!

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  13. Great post! That is the beauty of the Bible! There is something for everyone in there, no matter who you are! :) We ALL need what it has to offer. Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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  14. Congratulations! This was one of the top posts from the link up last week, and I featured it this week. Hope to see you at the new link up!
    God Bless.
    Chris
    So Much At Home

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  15. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  16. Pursuit is a good word. It reminds me it's my choice how I spend my time. Thanks for sharing at #ThreeWordWednesday.

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  17. Hmm, really makes me think-- I believe that the meat of our Bibles should all be based on God's word (because it is the Word) but I personally enjoy searching through different versions. My Bible is an NIV MSG parallel because sometimes one version speaks to me and the other I just can't figure out. I also appreciate the Bibles with devotions worked in between chapters. As a military spouse, one verse might speak to me differently than a civilian if it has life application for a specific demographic.

    Appreciate your passion behind this, Sandra! Blessings.

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  18. So much like Chicken Soup, they're customizing it to fit everybody. But I got your point. The Bible is for everyone and everyone can relate to it no matter where or who they are.

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  19. Hi Sandra,

    I completely agree with your post, and said the same things about the varieties of Bibles. I would rather money was spent on translating the Bible into the languages that are still in desperate need of one.

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  20. Thanks for linking up at Grace & Truth. You are right…the important thing is that we read our Bible and let it mold us into the image of Christ….so we have the heart of Christ. Grace and peace….

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