Today I watch some late fall leaves slough off the molting trees, coast through the air, and settle on the river. The lazy current twirls them around as it carries them toward the dam. The leaves have no say in where their journey will take them. They simply go where they are taken, obedient to forces beyond their control.
The object lesson is timely. Last Sunday, our pastor was teaching about the inerrancy of scripture. His primary text was 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” But to expand on this truth, he turned to this verse: “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)
Some question whether the Bible is truly God’s Word. Some accuse its authors of collaborating a cruel hoax. Others try to brush off fulfilled prophecies as words written in retrospect and dated pre-event.
The Word of God continues, however, to stand against such attacks. Most of the Bible’s writers never met, never even lived in the same time frame. Most of the prophets suffered for delivering their God-given messages. Would it be worth the price they paid to say things that weren’t truly from God? And many biblical prophecies are still being fulfilled in our lifetime.
All sound reasons to believe those who penned the Bible were like the fall leaves on the river; carried along by the Holy Spirit, obedient to forces beyond their control, to accomplish God’s given purposes to God’s glory! Perhaps David, responsible for writing some of the most beautiful passages of scripture, summed it up best in his final words.
“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:2