Rev. Mark H. Creech
According to WRAL News, officials responded to a car fire at an apartment complex in Raleigh, North Carolina, around 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday (April 20). A Jeep was in flames.
Police said the fire was the result of a mechanical issue. The driver was able to get safely out, but the vehicle was reduced to ashes.
Still, there was something unexplainable that happened. Even though everything in the car was completely burned, a Bible remained on the dashboard. The Holy Book was burned around the edges of its cover and pages, but the content was wholly intact and readable.
Was it a miracle? It certainly seems like one. At the least, I think it’s a providential sign reminding us of God’s enduring word. Though the flames of persecution or criticism rage against it, the teachings of Scripture are eternal and indestructible.
The prophet Isaiah said, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever” (Isa. 40:8). The apostle Peter enlarged on this same text, saying, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever. For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (I Pet. 1:23-35.)
In other words, God’s word, unlike the natural order, which ends in death, converts the soul and results in eternal life. All of the best that humanity can do, all of the glories of civilization, are subject to wilt, wane, and fade away; only the content of the Bible is incorruptible and abides forever.
Three times repeated by the Gospel writers, Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Mt. 24:35; Mk. 13:31; Lk. 21:38).
In his book, Our God-Breathed Book – The Bible, the late John R. Rice quotes Dr. A.Z. Conrad, once the pastor of the Park Street Church in Boston. The quote is most eloquent in explaining the wonder of the preservation of Scripture:
Such evidence doesn’t necessarily prove the Bible is the Word of God. That’s another discussion for another editorial. Nevertheless, I believe the preponderance of voluminous other pieces of evidence demonstrates that the Bible is divine and without error. What the evidence presented here shows, however, is one aspect of the Bible’s superiority and uniqueness to any other writing in history.
Christian apologist Josh McDowell has written that a professor once told him, “If you are an intelligent person, you will read the one book that has drawn more attention than any other, if you are searching for the truth.”
McDowell added, “The Bible certainly qualifies as this one book.”
Perhaps a Bible that wondrously escaped the flames of a burning automobile when everything else around it was utterly destroyed is a small omen to our state and nation. This omen says to anyone who will listen, look to the Bible. Its message is everlasting, imperishable, and just as it has been saved through the centuries to the present, it can save you. It can save us.
I believe it. Will you?
Pictures are screenshots from WRAL News.© Rev. Mark H. Creech
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