January 30: 2 Peter 3:1-7
"I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles."
Some years ago a friend of mine, commenting on the Bible, expressed his feeling that so many of the passages were so old that they were hard to understand. Maybe, he thought, believers should just use updated texts that expressed similar ideas.
This question he was raising is worth considering, because it makes us think about what it is about our scriptures that makes them special. Could they simply be replaced by similar writings which express similar ideas but in a language that's more familiar to people living in the 21st Century?
There are many things that make the scriptures special, but I think one of them is specifically the fact that they have been handed down over so many generations. Their age can be seen as a great strength. Of course we can always look for newer ways to express similar truths, but when we do that, we're asking God's word to conform to us, to our ways of thinking and our ways of speaking. But a big part of reading scripture is to get us to conform to God's language, God's themes, and God's time. So when the words of the Bible may seem old, or hard to relate to, or out of date, we might do well to consider whether God's word should conform to us, or whether we should conform to God's word.