I don’t have a lot of time this morning, but I thought it would be interesting to demonstrate how the Biblical histories and prophesies interact. Note, although one does not achieve “levels” of Christianity, one can be a more or less serious Biblical scholar. I am a decidedly amateur Biblical scholar. So, the most interesting part of what I am giving you is the citations to the text to consider.
Both the myths and the histories are often told multiple times with a different spin on them. I’ve written about the creation stories quite a bit, but here is an example of a historical story coming from two places. It is a story about the LORD saving the people of Judah from an attacking army because King Hezekiah had faith in God. You can read about it at 2 Kings 18:17-19:37 or 2 Chronicles 32:1-22.
These accounts are just from different traditions. They have some variations. The story is also told in the book of Isaiah in chapters 36 & 37. Generally speaking, the book of Isaiah will contain more about the prophet trying to convince the kings or the people to adhere to the teachings of God and be faithful. But it this case, it really is very similar to the story in Kings. And, Kings contains Isaiah’s prophesy.
Do you suppose people know that the Bible is put together this way? I was an adult before I really understood it, and I went to church all of the time. I would doubt that my friend who attended a Baptist military academy had such things pointed out to him, although, I don’t know for sure. I does seem to put to rest the notion that God wrote the Bible in the most literal sense.