“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)
The writing of the Bible was not as simple as an author sitting down for a few months and writing a book. The Bible was written by forty different authors covering forty generations or fifteen hundred years. Parts were written on three different continents and in three different languages. But there is a central theme throughout the entire book. Each author in some way speaks of Jesus. In Exodus, he is our Passover Lamb. In Ruth, he is our Kinsman Redeemer. He is the bridegroom from the Song of Solomon. He rebuilds the broken in Nehemiah. He bears our burdens in Amos. Luke calls him the Son of Man while Matthew calls him the Son of God. In Revelation, He is the Great I Am. As we read the Bible, we can learn about the ways Jesus wants to be part of our lives. We just need to look for the theme.
God, thank you for revealing Jesus to us in your word. Help me to find him every time I read your word. Show me how to apply what I read to my life. In Jesus name, Amen.