If you’re a child of the 70’s/80’s like me, then you may remember the commercial for “The One Book” with one of the most recognizable voices of all time…James Earl Jones. This was something that just popped into my head this afternoon, but I was not thinking about THAT “one book”. I was thinking about THE One Book. The Bible. Interestingly enough I went to the Google search engine and typed in “One Book” and “James Earl Jones” and you know what came up? THE ONE BOOK! It turns out that he recently was the voice for an audio version of the King James New Testament. What a cool coincidence. And it gave this 80’s girl a bit of a chuckle…the thought of hearing the gospel read by Darth Vader was a funny thought.
My thoughts of the “One Book” were not centered around an old TV commercial today. These thoughts came as I found myself surrounded by a host of books. When we got home from church, we began reading two books that we had recently purchased for our kids. “The Princess Kiss” is a book for our daughter that teaches purity, and “The Squire and the Scroll” teaches the rewards of a pure heart. These two books are going to be incorporated into our mother/daughter and father/son time. Another little gem that I have been working through in the morning after my Bible study and reading is called “30 Days of Encouraging Your Husband” and finally…I am wrapping up the pleasure read that I began while beach-side called “The Harbinger”. (Nothing like a little Bible prophesy for a relaxing moment at the beach, right?)
“The Squire and the Scroll”, contained five basic principles (rules given in the scroll).
1) Listen only to words that are pure.
2) Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
3) Keep the unclean far from your lips to guard the wellspring of your life.
4) Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.
5) Breathe only that which is pure.
The squire in the story had gotten all of these rules directly from the scroll, from which his parents had taught since his childhood. He not only carried the scroll, but he remembered each rule.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Surrounded by these books, I received this reminder. Even with regard to the books we read, we must listen to words that are pure, fix our eyes straight ahead, keep the unclean from our lips, tread on level paths and breath only what is pure. There was an unspoken rule in that book…Always consult the scroll! How does a person know what is pure, where his/her gaze is to be fixed and so-on, if the scroll is never read?
I could easily get lost in the pile of books at my side today, and I have full confidence that they are Biblically based. However, there is no replacement for the Bible itself.
It’s ok to read some books…but, just remember to stick to THE BOOK.