Just this evening, I was watching a 4 minute video on youtube by Ms. Kathryn Kuhlman about “Not letting the Holy Ghost go common.” She said, “DON’T let the Holy Spirit become common… DON’T let JESUS become COMMON.” I rather liked that, and I began to think that it was high-time that we had some FUN! in the Bible and brought out some AWESOME Message Version translations to scriptures that we may all ready know… OR THINK WE KNOW…
A Brief Description of “The Message Bible” in Eugene Peterson’s words:
“While I was teaching a class on Galatians, I began to realize that the adults in my class weren’t feeling the vitality and directness that I sensed as I read and studied the New Testament in its original Greek. Writing straight from the original text, I began to attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. I knew that the early readers of the New Testament were captured and engaged by these writings and I wanted my congregation to be impacted in the same way. I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’“
So Relax! And Enjoy!
Reading the Bible should be a pleasurable and ENJOYABLE process for everyone. Whether you are cruising along and taking your time, like on a hot day in the Louisiana sun- or if you are speed reading in order to get somewhere… The Bible should and CAN be a blessing to ALL who choose to read it! Those who read it regularly can pick a spot anywhere and immediately learn from it… those who are just getting started should find peace in reading the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John), perhaps even Genesis… and KINGS! Oh, it could go on forever! Each book more exciting than the last!
I get FIRED UP teaching about The Message Bible, because even if you do not agree with its translation you will have SOMETHING to talk about and ponder! (I actually had a pastor reprimand me for quoting from it-because it uses words like “beer” in it). The Message Bible stretches our thinking beyond the King James “thou’s and the’s”, but if it is too radical for you- the Amplified Bible is another excellent modern day translation AMPLIFYING the traditional King James. Most people never read Shakespeare- LET ALONE THE BIBLE. So this week, let us have some fun- let our hair down, and re-whet our appetites to the Word… by SHAKING it UP!
DAY 1: Matthew 6:33 KJV & MSG Parallel…
One of our FAVORITE scriptures!
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” KJV
Now from The Message Version:
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” MSG
Hallelujah! What a MESSAGE! There is NO doubt in my mind whatsoever that the King James Bible should be, and is THE standard for scripture reading and memorization however, The Message Bible is an amazing and easily readable Bible to encourage those of us that well… might have gotten a little lost in translation. In it’s pages you can easily read each book from start to finish in a single sitting and ENJOY what you are reading. If you doubt what it is saying is Biblically sound then get your King James and Strongs out and have yourself a Bible study… you will NOT be disappointed! (You might have some FUN too!)
THIS MSG SCRIPTURE AT A GLANCE:
- If God takes care of the plants- what makes you think He wont take care of YOU?
- He wants His BEST for YOU
- RELAX, God is trying to GIVE to you- but He can’t very well give you more when your arms are FULL… LET GO
- Only people who DON’T know God have reason to worry!
- You know God, and how He works- Plant a seed… WAIT for harvest!
- Become CONSUMED will ALL THINGS GOD. God’s type of REALITY. God’s type of “GET UP AND GO”. God’s type of PROVISION.
- With God you will never miss out ON ANYTHING.
- ALL of your human needs and concerns WILL BE MET.
- LOOK! And see what God is doing RIGHT NOW, there is NO tomorrow today- why worry about it?
- WHATEVER comes tomorrow… GOD IS RIGHT THERE WITH YOU AND WILL BE THERE FOR YOU! So… Chillax!
A PRAYER IN CLOSING:
Lord Jesus! Bless Your people! Give us a taste of Your pleasurable Word! Create in us a THIRST and HUNGER for MORE! MORE YOU, MORE POWER! Remind us Father that You are NEW every morning and that there is NOTHING common about You! Challenge our dry minds and dusty thinking, feed us the honey of Your Word! Hallelujah Lord we ARE men and women of God and ARE EXCITED to be YOURS! Shake out our cobwebs Lord! JOLT us with the freshest MOST exciting Word that we have EVER HEARD! New ideas, witty inventions and PEACE OF MIND! In Your Son Jesus’ name… AMEN!