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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
TITLE: Start and Finish
By Yannick Ford
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I have a pair of beautiful bookends that I inherited from my grandfather. Solid marble bases, with a leaping gazelle – I just need a suitably elegant house in which to display them! They flank three tomes of venerable appearance, entitled “Commentary – Wholly Biblical”. The commentaries are indeed wholly Biblical, since there are no comments as such in the main body of the work, but simply references to parallel Scripture passages as one works through the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation.
If my bookends do a good job in retaining and beautifying my old commentaries, much more do Genesis and Revelation function well as spiritual “book ends” for the Word of God, bringing us the introduction and the consummation of God’s plans. We read of God saying, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” in Genesis 1:26, and we hear of a loud voice from heaven in Revelation 21:3 saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.” We see in our starting “book end” that “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep”, but that God said, “Let there be light” (see Genesis 1, verses 2 and 3), and we read in our final “book end” that the glory of God lights up the New Jerusalem, and that there is no night there (see Revelation 21, verses 23 and 25). All of these are only possible because of Him who is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 21:6).
The commentaries between my bookends, with their principle of Scripture interpreting Scripture, will surely lead me to the cross of Christ as I work my way from beginning to end. The cross is foreshadowed at the start, albeit in veiled form, after the tragedy of Genesis 3: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15). The cross is not forgotten at the end, for in heaven there “stood a Lamb as though it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6). It is perhaps the single most important event of history. My marble based bookends support my old books, but the cross at the centre supports the beginning and end of the ways of God.
Footnote: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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