These verses from Isaiah always inspire me. They remind me of the work we do at SHIP, but, more importantly, they remind me of the many times throughout the Bible that God promises to bind up wounds and broken hearts, to give freedom to those who are captive. This same passage is repeated in Luke 4 when Jesus reads from the synagogue scroll and then proclaims: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
The Scripture was fulfilled through Christ, and it is through Him that wounds and broken hearts are healed eternally, that true, lasting freedom for all is possible. What an amazing revelation and what a reminder of the interconnectedness of Scripture. A few years back, The Guardian newspaper online shared a series of images showing how Bible verses foreshadow and correspond to one another. I’ve shared one image below, and if you want to see more, just click here.
With all its colors, it’s just a beautiful image, but it shows that each book, chapter, verse of the Bible is connected to other parts of the Bible. We see Jesus in the Old Testament, not just the New, the Father and Holy Spirit throughout the entire Bible. And, somewhere in there, the God of the universe has chosen to reveal all that He is to us.
And that’s our prayer for this week. We pray that the people we work with and minister to in El Salvador–the littlest and the oldest, the workers and the students, the Bible study goers and those who’ve not yet come to Bible study–will see themselves in this beautiful Holy Bible and come to see that the God of the universe cares for them just as they are, just where they are.
Will you join us in praying?
The description from The Guardian: The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate between white and light gray and the length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc – the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.
Photograph: Christoph Römhild and Chris Harrison