Important Pictures

Kodak verses “The Bible”

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.

George Washington
The Bible was the first camera on the scene of “Time and Space and Matter creation”. I began to think about all the movies hollywood has produced to reflect other stories, but for the most part my inner being could only see the Bible as a reference point for those stories. I was hearing it loud and clear that my “Book” was the first poloroid and kodak camera of existance. I want to share my thoughts with the world this morning regarding this issue.

If you went to a primitive people with little or no education and with little or no knowledge of God,
how would you begin to teach them the way of salvation? What lessons would you begin with? What
teaching methods would you use? To make things even more difficult, imagine there was no Bible
available — not even one book of Scripture. What would you do in that situation? Then, as if you were
not facing enough problems, you are informed that there are over two million people to teach, they live
in a desert, and they are constantly on the move. “That’s impossible!” you exclaim. Well, as
Jesus said in another situation, “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things
are possible” (Mark 10:27).

God faced this exact situation when the children of Israel came out of Egypt and were encamped in the
desert at the base of Mount Sinai. Two million displaced Israelites, mostly uneducated, spiritually
Egyptianized, and not one book of Scripture between them! Genesis had not even been written yet.
What was the Lord’s solution to this seeming impossibility? It was, “Let them make me a sanctuary;
that I may dwell among them” (Ex. 25:8). God started a building project. He ordered the construction of the Tabernacle and its furniture to serve as a huge “visual aid.” Paul described these “holy places
made with hands” as “figures of the true” (Heb. 9:24), or “pictures of truth.” God pictured the truth to
preach the truth. This divine method of teaching is sometimes called “typology.” In this article, we will
look at four characteristics of typology, and in subsequent articles, we will look at the “types,” or the
pictures themselves.

Simple Pictures
If your young child asked you, “Daddy, what is a rocket?” you wouldn’t contact NASA and ask them
to send you the technical specifications of a rocket. No, you would sit down and draw a simple picture.
You show rather than tell. Your drawing does not say everything there is to say about a rocket, but it
does say something—something that is true, understandable, and memorable. By putting it in simple
picture form, you communicate truth in a far more effective way than all of NASA’s volumes would in
this situation.

When a young Israelite girl asked, “Daddy, what is God?” her father couldn’t pull out a catechism or a
systematic theology. They didn’t exist. No, her father would say something like, “Hannah, hold my
hand and I’ll take you through the camp to God’s tent, and I will show you what God is like.” There,
he would show rather than tell. God’s tent, the Tabernacle, did not say everything there was to say
about God, but it said something— something that was true, understandable, and memorable. It was
Israel’s first “Bible” and it showed them God and His way of salvation in a series of simple,
steppingstone pictures.

Important Pictures
When you pick up your newspaper, what do you read first? The most important stories are those with
major headlines and significant space is devoted to them throughout the newspaper. There are other
stories summarized in digest form on the sidebars. They too are important enough to be included in the
paper, but not as important as the main headline stories. Usually you read the main headline stories, the
ones with most space devoted to them. You trust the editor’s judgment on what is the most important

When we pick up our Bibles, while acknowledging that all its contents are important, we may also ask
what is especially important. One way of deciding this is by looking at how much space is allocated to
the various stories. For example, the creation of the world has about two chapters. That’s clearly
important. But, how many chapters are given to the Tabernacle? Half of Exodus and all of Leviticus
are devoted to it. And then, when the Tabernacle becomes more permanent in the form of the Temple,
even more chapters are given to it. What is the “Editor” saying to us? He is saying, “This is very, very,
very important. This is one of the chief ways I reveal Myself.” Indeed, God reveals far more of
Himself through the Tabernacle than through the creation. And, if we trust the “Editor,” our preaching
and witnessing would reflect that far more.

Theological Pictures
The main question the Israelite asked when looking at the Tabernacle was, “What does this teach me
about God?” The Tabernacle, its furniture, and rituals painted theological pictures (Heb. 8:5; 9:11).
These “figures of the true” or “pictures of truth” were God-centered. If your only Bible was the
Tabernacle, and you yearned to know about God, would you not have spent many hours in and around
it? Would you not have asked the priests who served there to instruct you and share with you the light
God had given them? Would you not have sought out the fellowship of like-minded seekers — and
“finders”— that they might do you good? Would you not have prayed to the Lord to open the eyes of
your understanding?

God recognized that theological truth in sentence form would be very difficult for the Israelites to
grasp. So, He gave them theological truth in sensory form. Every touch, sight, sound, smell, and even
taste conveyed truth about God’s character and, as we shall see in later articles, especially about the
truth of His mercy and grace. This is the most vital truth to grasp about the Tabernacle. It set forth in
picture form the only way of salvation. No Israelite was ever saved by making the Tabernacle, serving
in the Tabernacle, or trusting in the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle never saved anyone. What it pictured

Prophetic Pictures
While the Tabernacle revealed much about God and His way of salvation, there was also an inbuilt
inadequacy. There was a divinely intended insufficiency in the Tabernacle and its service (Heb. 9:8).
God designed it in such a way that, while it taught much, it also taught that there was much more to
learn. The author of Hebrews highlights how the Tabernacle not only revealed God to the Israelites but
also created a longing and a hope for an even greater future revelation of God and His way of
salvation. Thus, the Tabernacle served the present but also pointed to the future. It pictured truth for
the present but also predicted more truth for the future. Wherever the Israelite looked in the
Tabernacle, his response would be, “That’s true, but there is a fuller revelation of that truth to come.
God has shown the way of salvation, but there is a more glorious manifestation of salvation to come.”
The psalmists and the prophets give insight into the thoughts and desires of the spiritual Israelites as
they meditate on the Tabernacle. Time and again, they take Tabernacle vocabulary on their lips and use
it to express hope that an even greater Tabernacle of God would yet appear. In this way, Messiahcentered
faith, hope, and expectation were cultivated. Eventually it was satisfied when “The Word was
made flesh and dwelt (literally, “tabernacled” or “tented”) among us…full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Israel camps

Now I want to look at the picture the movie “Knowing” depicts and how real it made my spirit feel the relevance to the “Bible”.

Nostradamus or Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566) was a French astrologer and physician, who can predict the future. Some his predictions are fascinated people through many centuries. He was talented student with mathematical ability and a great love of astrology. His grandfathers, Pierre de Nostredame and Jean de Rémy, also noted that Nostradamus was remarkable in prophecy when he was young age. Everyday, both of them taught him in a wide range of subjects, including history, medicine, astrology, herbal folk medicine and classical literature.

Nostradamus and Prophecies

After events took place on the world, people found and compared them with the predictions of Nostradamus. People realized that they have coincidence amazingly. Here are some coincident predictions – which create many surprises for humankind:
■The death of Henry II
■The Great Fire of London
■French Revolution
■Louis Pasteur
■Charles De Gaulle
■The Atomic Bomb
■JFK & RFK Assassinations
■The Challenger explosion
■The death of Princess Diana
■The death of John F. Kennedy Jr.
■September 11th, 2001
■Another big earthquake???

There are some unintelligible things, which exist around us. In this world, sometimes, we need the support from mysterious people among thousand of people. Although we don’t know that the prophecies of prophet are right or not, everything also continues to come ahead. Time will prove the accuracy of these predictions. Don’t waste your time to expect the miracles from the sky. Let’s do everything you want and enjoy many surprises in your life!

The Bible is believed by many who are not sure they know they believe. I am confident of this one thing. That what my God saids and allowed His prophets to write inspired by “The Holy Spirit” is true. No man knows the hour or the time or day. Not even the Son of God. The bible is our road map to be prepared for that awful time and day. Live your life as if that day were upon you and you will be fine. Trust God to be Lord and All, except His Son and have life.