Without Jesus, the Bible quickly turns black as a Bible cover, writes Daniel Ohrstrom, who, however, reads the Bible as an immaculate well of comforting texts when the educators in my nursery garden asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied without hesitation: “Prophet!”For I had listened to in Sunday School and could not imagine anything more slick than being able to divide the waters or escape unharmed from being swallowed by a whale or a whole night in a lion ball full of hungry lions.Later, in a layman’s sermon, I myself have explained the last thing that the prophet Daniel did not focus on the lions, but on the lion’s king! But already as a little boy, I was proud when the boys in the Sunday school sang: “I want to be like Daniel,” while the girls sang praise: “And I will be like Ruth.”
Masculine words disappear from the Bible
The continuation put the gender roles in place as Old Testament stone tablets: “For Daniel was a brave man, and Ruth she was so good and true.”I myself was probably the best and sweet at the time. But I would like to be like Daniel and not least Elias who could light a huge bonfire with his faith. At home I didn’t even have to play with matches. We also didn’t have television when I was little, so I swallowed Sunday school’s Bible stories with the same appetite that my own children see violent Netflix cartoons today.When I came to school, I had a hard time learning to read, but the Bible was one of the first books I tried to do. It was a bit like learning to drink coffee, in the beginning I sipped the difficult words like “mercy” and “sanctification” and never took large amounts at a time, while I misunderstood phrases like “I need nothing”, which I believed was a prophetic revelation that I knew nothing! But in the end, my Bible eventually became worn, so that the cover fell off. Most probably because I dragged it everywhere as an indispensable teddy bear.
As a teenager, I came more in line with Paul and his civil war between the blood and the flesh. And at a single occasion I was so good and sweet at that age to quote Højsangen 8.8 “We have a little sister, she does not yet have breasts; what do we do with our sister “for my own 11-year-old little sister. She must have forgiven me, for the past I was the sponsor of her sweet little son’s baptism, where I also came to think of how to slip through the Bible during a regular worship. For as the literary professor Erik A. Nielsen has stated here in the paper, the Bible hangs great well with lots of stories across the two wills that rhyme together.The Bible begins with the fact that God in Genesis calls Jesus the light of the world into the world as the Word of God: “There must be light,” and it ends masterfully that man calls Jesus back to Earth with the words “Come, Lord Jesus . ”For everything in the Bible points to Jesus. Daniel in the Lion Ball and Jonas in the whale are thus images of Jesus in the grave, while many of the texts that otherwise seem like pure sharia texts illuminate when you put Jesus into the equation. Without Jesus, the Bible quickly turns black as a Bible cover. For example, without Jesus, I would never be able to understand the account of Abraham and Isaac, but in his light it becomes a picture of Jesus’ sacrifice. Without Jesus, the third book of Leviticus, with all its ordinances of sound-free scapegoats, is a pure commandment, but in the light of Jesus’ sermon of the Lord, the book of Leviticus, with its death penalty for even the smallest errors, becomes an educational mirror, emphasizing that we all need God’s grace. The coolest Bible quote is also included in Leviticus – “All the fat belongs to the Lord”.
That’s how the Bible is full of great quotes. But I really only know it now, after every Monday for three years, I met some friends to spell me through the entire Bible landscape of laws, wars, prophecies, poetry, and treasures of accumulated life experience. Because even though I have lived with the Bible all my life, I have only read it completely – without skipping over boards and sacrificial and temple building manuals.To my surprise, I have met many both great writers and priests who have neither read the entire Bible. It can also be a bit of a desert walk to spell slavishly through the Bible, but it’s worth it. Perhaps one might be lucky to find a grain of gold by accidentally striking up as I did as a child, where I often felt that God spoke directly to me that way. But if you read the whole Bible as God’s love letter to us humans, it will be a much stronger experience. And now I really understand why my soon 91-year-old grandmother is still sitting daily reading the Bible as an immaculate well of comforting texts. The last time I visited her, however, she looked up smilingly from the Bible and said, “When do you take that beard off, Daniel? You look like a prophet! ”…