There has never been a better time to be a BIBLE!
For most of the time the Bible has been around it’s had kind of a tough go. Back when the books of the Bible were first written, they were written on a bunch of different scrolls, which were then passed around one book at a time by whoever was passin’ through whatever town.
Every once in a while, somebody might try to make a copy of whatever book they had handy. Sometimes they’d make a good copy, sometimes not so great. Sometimes, whoever was making the copy would help himself to making a couple of edits or additions. I know the temptation there. I always wanna do that to other Preacher’s sermons; usually WHILE they’re in the middle of preaching them. Anyhow...
The copies would often get lost, or burned, or torn, or buried, or rained on. But after a few centuries - all those books finally got put into one book, which most people couldn’t read because it was in a language they didn’t speak and...only about 3 people could read.
Another few centuries pass and there are better translations made, and more people learned how to read but there weren’t always a lot of copies available and the ones that WERE around were expensive and HUGE.
Fast forward a couple more centuries to today: Now Bibles are everywhere, available in a million different languages, inexpensive, compact, digital, online and they even include pictures, maps and commentaries.
And if you still prefer the “hard copy” version you can get a cool, specially made, hand sewn “BIBLE BAG” made out of leather, with pictures of fish and palm trees on them and a strap so you can carry it around with you.
Which is why I say that there has never been a better time to be a BIBLE. Now if only somebody would READ the bloomin’ thing.
As together we stand and sing.