Epiphany 3, Friday, Year B

Inspired by 2 Peter 3:1-7

“This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you; in them I am trying to arouse your sincere intention by reminding you that you should remember the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken through your apostles.” 2 Peter 3:1-2 (NRSV)

The bible is an ancient book. The most recently written parts of it date back about nineteen hundred years, and the oldest from about three thousand years ago, which set down oral tradition that was much older than that.

Yet the words that were spoken and written millennia ago were inspired by our timeless God, with his timeless love and timeless wisdom. While much of the bible deals with specific cultures in specific lands in a specific point in history, the overall message is not bound by time and space. God created the world and everything in it, and saw that it was good. God has guided his people and instructed them in ways of justice, charity, equity, and love. God has desired peace and wellbeing for his people, and told them how they could achieve that in this life. And God sent his Son to save us from ourselves, and to bring us back to the One who created us, who loves us, and who continues to guide us.

The fact that the bible is so old does not mean it’s irrelevant to our lives today. Rather, it demonstrates that God is steadfast in his love, has been with us from the beginning, has never given up on us, and will continue to be with us through the very end.

Let us pray. Eternal God, you have spoken through the prophets and through your Son. Grant us the ears to hear and the wisdom to understand, that we may live justly and peacefully by your words and your will. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.