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It All Begins with a Story


Credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr/Creative Commons

Credit: Alan Cleaver/Flickr/Creative Commons

The Bible is a collection of 66 Books containing hundreds of stories.  It starts with, “In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth” (Genesis 1:1), and ends with John’s vision of Jesus declaring, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13).

These biblical stories record the history of mankind from Adam to Abraham and the birth of the nation of Israel.  It gives a chronicle of Israel from generation to generation.  It tells us of the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, unto the early years of the church age.

The Bible contains prophesies, some fulfilled within the context of the entire Bible, some fulfilled the past 2,000 years since the New testament writings.  Still others of these Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled today and some will be fulfilled in the future.

More copies of the Bible has been sold or freely distributed than any other book in the world.  It is recognized world-wise as the greatest Book ever written.  It is the message of the God of the universe to the people of the earth.

Historically, stories have been preserved in various ways including:

  1. Story-Telling, where the Elders of a community verbally passed on their tales to the next generation.
  2. Cave Drawings, where the artists of the day used imagery in their drawings to relate and preserve stories of their era.
  3. Clay or Brick Tablets, where writers of the day preserved their history in language form

In order to fulfill our calling as creative artists pointing the world to Jesus, acts of worship and sacrifice unto the Lord are the necessary requirements.  As a believer truly submits oneself to the will of the Heavenly Father, the divine  nature in the spiritual realm will be released.

For new creative works to be anointed from on high, an artist must co-labor with Christ and willingly be used as a tool in the Master’s hand. It is only when an artist lays down his talents and puts his ego to death, that the Holy Spirit can resurrect them in a new bodily form.

Story-telling

In his first writing, the Apostle John immediately identified Jesus as the Word that has been since the Beginning.  The Apostle John connects the Beginning with the Word, with Life and with Light..

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light which gives light to every man who comes into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name:
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes   after me is preferred before me, for He was before me'”. (The Gospel of John 1:1-15).

Like John, the Baptist, we are to bear witness to the light and prefer Him before ourselves. We are to prefer Him above ourselves realizing He is the creative Word which brings life, light, glory, grace and truth.

The Apostle John continued the theme of Jesus Christ being the Word of life from the beginning of time and as one full of  joy and light (c.f. I John 1:1-7).

The definition of the “Word” used in the above scriptures is taken from the Greek word ‘Logos’ which translated means “something said”.  These implies Jesus Christ is the Word spoken by our Father God to create light and life.

It is interesting to note both Word and Light are used in the same scriptural context since both are wave vibrations in the scientific realm.  We can conclude that since the Word spoken creates sound-waves and the Light shining creates similar waves, that Jesus Christ is the fulness of all light and sound.

Therefore, those artists, writers and musicians who willingly submit their talents to the Lordship of Christ, can expect to create new works of magnificent proportions as they tap into His eternal creative powers.

Parables

Jesus spoke in Parables. A Parable is a placing of one thing beside another with a view to comparison.  The hearer must catch the analogy if he is to be instructed. This takes a three-fold process of  hearing and seeing to receive understanding.

“All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 13:34-35).

According to Matthew’s recorded account, Jesus himself quoted from Psalm 78 and identified himself as one who would speak things which had been kept secret since the beginning of time.

Proverb

In the heading of the canonical Book of Proverbs, the general term ‘Proverbs’ is made to include, “A proverb mashal, and a figure (or, an interpretation, melitsah) the words (singular Dabhar) of the wise, and their dark sayings (or, riddles).

The ‘Proverb’ is either:

  1. A saying current among the people as in I Samuel 10:12, “…Therefore it became a proverb; “Is Saul also among the prophets?”
  2. A proverb of the ancients , “… says Wickedness proceeds from the wicked” (I Samuel 24:13)
  3. A sentence of ethical wisdom composed by the order of wise men..

Dark sayings

Dark Sayings is in short an allegorical sentence requiring interpretation.

“To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings”. (Proverbs 1:6).

Psalm 78 tells us a story of God’s provision and His wonderful works which are to be passed down from generation to generation.

“I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the   LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done” (78:2-4).

Both Prophets and Psalmist avail themselves to dark sayings. The Psalmist receives  dark sayings and sets them to music. To the prophet, the Word of the LORD  in  the form of a vision.

In the first chapter of Jeremiah, the Prophet has visions of the almond tree and a boiling pot.  The LORD gives him the interpretation in the form of a simile.  In Amos 7, the Prophet sees a plumbline.

To the perfect Prophet of the type of Moses, the revelation comes direct in the shape of the naked truth without the mediation of figures of speech or obscure utterances. Numbers 2: 6-8 tells us that the LORD speaks face to face with Moses.

In the same way, the Apostle Paul distinguished between the childish manner of speaking of things spiritual and the natural man.  “For now we see through a glass, (or in a mirror, in a riddle) darkly; but then face to face,”(I Cor. 13:12a).

Psalmists and Prophets were often instructed to document the dark sayings which came to them.  Jeremiah was told to write in a book (Jeremiah 30:2) and Habakkuk was told to write the vision (Hab. 2:2).

We have a responsibility to study the Word of God as contained in the Bible, communicate it’s stories to the next generation and prayerfully watch as His story unfolds with prophecies fulfilled.  For those gifted in writing, earnestly pursue your calling and allow the Holy Spirit to impart the mysteries of the kingdom.

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