Bible in 365: Day 183
2 Kings 5-8
There are so many different things that occur in today’s reading that it is hard to pick what to write about. Instead, I decided to share a story from my husband that always makes me smile when I read this passage. I hope it brings a smile to your face too.
The importance of reading more than just the headings in the Bible:
Our version of the Bible is so beautifully laid out with chapters and verse numbers and even small section headings. It is important to remember that this is not how the Bible was written in its original form, but it is nice to quickly find something using those section headings.
For instance, in three seconds you can quickly see what today’s reading is about from reading the section headings: Naaman Healed of Leprosy, An Axhead Floats, Famine in Besieged Samaria, The Siege Lifted, The Shunammite’s Land Restored (Wow! Another blessing for the Shunammite woman we talked about yesterday.), Hazel Murders Ben-Hadad, Jehoram King of judah, and Ahaziah King of Judah.
We all know that we could get the basic idea of what is going on by reading these heading titles, but we would miss so much and could possibly be mislead if we never actually read the scripture verses that go with it.
When my husband was young, he says that he was looking at the section headings, and he read “An Axhead Floats.” Immediately, this conjured up an image in his mind of an axhead floating in the air. Once he read the story, he of course, found out the axhead was floating on water (which would have been a much less scary situation than an axhead hovering around in the air!). We always joke about the floating axhead now and it has become a great reminder to pay attention to what actually happens in the story and not let preconceived notions get in the way.