Here is a story from the book Ministry of Nurture by Duffy Robbins that has really challenged me and made me think about God’s Word…
Psychology Today published a remarkable incident concerning the life and death of the Prince of Grenada, an heir to the Spanish crown. Centuries ago the Prince was sentenced for life to solitary confinement in Madrid’s ancient prison, the Place of Skulls. Apparently, the authorities feared he might aspire to the throne. During his imprisonment he was given on book to read – the Bible.
Over the course of the years, the Prince of Granada apparently read the Bible hundreds of times and read it with painstaking care. But when he died after thirty-three years of imprisonment, and the authorities began going through his cell after his burial, what they found was striking.
All over the walls of his cell, they found that he had etched in soft stone notations such as these:
The eighth verse of the 97th Psalm is the middle verse of the Bible; Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except the letter “J”; The ninth verse of the eighth chapter of Esther is the longest; No word or name of more than six syllables can be found in the Bible.
It is incredible that this man spent more than thirty years carefully studying this one book that has been described even by its critics as one of the most amazing pieces of literature ever written, and all he gleaned from his study was a few isolated pieces of Bible trivia.
The Prince is certainly not the only one to walk away from the Bible empty-handed and empty-headed.
How do you view the Bible? Is it simply a book full of trivia and facts that you can use to impress people on Jeopardy? Is it just a history book? Or is it God’s Word, one of his ways of communicating with you, that is living, relevant, and capable of giving you answers for life’s toughest questions as well as completely turn your life right-side-up?
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)