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Topic: Design (01/19/04)
TITLE: Design of designs
By Jean Ann Semple
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Jenan Field-Ridley 474 words
The Bible speaks to us of the Song of songs and of the King of kings. This song is the song that must be spoken of as The Song, and the King is a king that must be spoken of as The King. Capital letters. Then no more needs to be said. Identification is immediate. And so it is with the Design of designs.
Among songs, The Song epitomizes all that is best in a song. It reigns in all its songness. Just as the King is far above all other kings in his Kingness. For these same reasons the Bible is The Book. This much maligned book (“man-made”, “contradictory”, “bigoted”, “lies”, “myth”) and much revered book (all time bestseller) in fact contains sixty-six books and so is indeed a book of books. However, when we consider the impact of this book we can only say that indeed it is most excellent in its bookness. This book has transformed paupers into kings and revealed kings as paupers. And all that by design.The Design of all designs.
English Dictionaries variously define the word design, when a verb, as
1. to conceive and plan out in the mind, devise for a specific function or end and
2. to create, fashion, execute according to plan
and when a noun as:
1.Arrangement of elements that make up a work of art.
When we hold a Bible in our hands that act is itself by design - executed according to plan, for “those He did foreknow he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son. --------“. (Romans 8:29). “how will they believe on him of whom they have not heard? - - -” (Romans 10:14). The Lord designed that one day we would hold that precious book in our hands. Just as it is His design that one day countless of atheists, Moslems, Hindus and others in deep darkness separated from the liberating knowledge of God, will one day hold that book in their grateful hands.
As we examine the Bible we see that it is a master design, created, fashioned and executed according to plan. Holy men of God spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance. No chance utterings these, but utterance conceived since the foundation of the world. Forty men separated by time and space complemented each other as though this book were written by one author. Fishermen, kings, peasants, scholars and doctors were chosen as elements in the great writing design/project. These writers lived on different geographic continents and lived some of them separated by as much as 1600 years in time. Yet all found their designated spot in the great design. In God’s mind was the design that would bring salvation to all mankind and nothing would stop it. Master design!
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