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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: Start and Finish
By Yannick Ford


Start and Finish

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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Brenda Rice 02/06/14
A well written devotion. I like the way you bookended the Bible.
Thanks for sharing.
Dee Kyalo02/10/14
Wonderful! God's plan for mankind revealed.
LaVonne Wood 02/10/14
A nice devotional with lots of good Scripture. I could see the bookend theme throughout with - the beginning and the end, - genesis to Revelation, - and of course your mention of the literal bookends.

You might try "Jan's Writing Basics" in the forms. She is having classes on the categories the judges use for this contest. Please mention my name, Vonnie, when you get there. Thanks and thanks for sharing!
Toni Hammer02/10/14
Encouraging and insightful. I find myself motivated to dig into the Word.
Ellen Carr 02/11/14
I like the way you have developed the topic - bookends on the shelf and the bookends within the Bible. I like the 'big picture' approach of seeing the Bible's beginning and the Bible's end connected in its imagery and theology. Well done.
Colin Swann02/11/14
A challenging devotional that draws one more into the message of God's Word. Yes, Jesus is the central position in the Genesis and Revelation Bookends. Thank you!
Larry Whittington02/12/14
You have an interesting use of the theme.

Nice work with the word limitation.
C D Swanson 02/13/14

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/13/14
Congratulations on ranking 4th in your level and 18 overall! The highest rankings can be found on the message boards.