Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
One of my favorite college courses was a radio, television, and film class called “The Analysis and Structure of Film.” Throughout the course we would watch and analyze classic films, then write a detailed report about a particular shot or sequence. One point our professor made abundantly clear was this: Nothing that appears on the screen is there by accident. Not a single detail in a shot or sequence is random. Every nuance has a purpose and was intentionally placed there by the director to achieve his overall vision for the film.
Our instructor demonstrated how the shot sequences, camera angles, lighting, colors, composition, movement, patterns, editing rhythm, and every other controllable detail in a good film serves to support the story and the director’s vision. Nothing is coincidental.
On a much deeper level, I believe the same is true when it comes to Scripture. If we zoom in to a particular story in Scripture, it holds up on its own as a complete story. When we pull out to reveal a broader context—like a chapter or a complete book—we see it fits into a larger story. If we pull back to reveal the full context, we see that the entire Bible is cohesively designed into one grand mega-story. Nowhere is this more evident than in Scripture’s final book, which brings resolution to every key theme of the Bible.
God is the author who inspired the writings and every minute detail is intentional—without an inkling of randomness. The very structure of Scripture, the nuances of the Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic languages used, the typology, the numerology, the specific details of prophecies and their fulfillments—and so many other details—demonstrate God’s clear handiwork. It’s as if the Bible itself has a divine DNA that runs through it from Genesis to Revelation. The more one studies the Scriptures, the more evident this truth becomes.
2 Peter 1:20-21—Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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