Well-known author and speaker, Max Lucado, took on the arduous task of writing what has been titled The Inspirational Study Bible. It may come as a shock to people who have happily ingested their sedatives and floated for the past several years in la-la land, but the Bible is anything but cheery and pleasant. Even from the first actions of the very first people, the whole earth is said to have changed and been cursed by the eating of fruit! On and on there are tales of carnage, blood, human sacrifice, and sex crimes. To make the Bible meet the audacious standards of the word “inspirational,” it would have to go under the knife.
When I hear the word “inspirational” many things come to mind: lilies floating on the surface of a pond, salty ocean breezes, soft clouds drifting in an azure sky. Ah! What calm and peaceful images. However, these are not at all words or phrases that I would use to describe the contents of the Bible. Even if we look past the carnage and drama in its pages, Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.”