All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(2 Timothy 3:16)
The Bible, which contains 66 books penned by 40 authors over several thousands years, is a highly integrated message system. Scholars have now discovered that virtually every detail of the Biblical text evidences a highly skillful integrated design from the first letter in Genesis to the last in Revelation.
In fact, every name, detail, word, letter, and punctuation was deliberately set in place revealing a sophisticated design that defies all possibilities. From hidden codes, to extraordinary mathematical structures that has and will continue to astonish the greatest of minds.
As Chuck Missler puts it: “What is even more astounding is that it can be demonstrated that the origin of this intricate design is from outside of our dimension of space and time.”1
Within the Biblical text (original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), you will find an order and structure that clearly indicates a designer from the beginning to the end. Once again, don’t take our word for it; find out for yourself.
|Here’s just a sampling of what God has provided to verify his authorship.|
The central message throughout the Bible is Christ and Him crucified. Every detail, story, analogy and verse is centered around Christ in some way (see Heb 10:7;Luke 24:27; John 1:45). You just need to keep your heart open to see it. Even those “boring” parts that we tend to skip over speak of Christ. Take for example Genesis chapter five, the genealogy from Adam to Noah. Knowing the genealogy may not seem so interesting, however, upon further examination you discover something greater.
Names like Adam, Methuselah and the rest are transliterated. Meaning they were written as they sounded. They were not translated into what they meant. For example, Adam means man. His son, Seth, means appointed. You can see this in Genesis 4:25, “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” And again with the name Noah, which means comfort, you can see this reflected in Genesis 5:29a, “And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us …”
The meanings of their names are best discovered by studying the original Hebrew roots that make up their names. Most lexicons can prove superficial when dealing with proper names.
If we examine the names from Adam to Noah we make an interesting discovery.
|Mahalalel||The Blessed God|
|Jared||Shall come Down|
|Methuselah||His death shall bring|
Now put it together, from Adam to Noah:
Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow, [but] the Blessed God shall come down teaching [that] His death shall bring [the] despairing comfort.2
Hidden within the genealogy of Genesis 5 is a summary of God’s plan of redemption. “Who begat who” doesn’t seem so “boring” any more does it?
Before the foundations of the world were established, God had a plan to bring you into a fellowship with Him that would last for eternity (John 17:3). The death of Christ on the cross was not a backup plan, it was His only plan. Out of all the names in the world, there is only one name given under heaven through which we may receive salvation, and that one is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12); the name that is above all names (Phil 2:9).
- Missler, Chuck; Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text; Koinonia House; p6, 2001
- Ibid; pp11-17