I will always remember a sermon I heard from a young father. It described his struggle to find a Bible that accurately explained sin to his toddler. All the Toddler Bibles that he came across simply seemed to leave out one of the most important aspects of life.
Last night as I looked for a Bible story to read our girls, I couldn’t face reading the toddler’s Bible that we have. I have read it over and over and yet each time I pick it up I am reminded of that sermon I heard and how it seems to lack the real truth and portray the Bible as simple stories instead of real truth.
As my eyes scanned over our bookshelf, they came to rest on a set of Bible stories for children that I had grown up with and yet have not read in many many years. I took out volume one and saw my aunt’s name in it, written in the handwriting of a little girl. My aunt is now over sixty, and copyright of this Bible is 1953. The book is slightly faded on the outside pages, and even seems to have been nibbled in the corners by some kind of animal at some point in the last 65 years.
Because there are ten books in total, I began with the first one and I was so amazed to see the creation account written in such detail. The author, Arthur S. Maxwell, spends an entire chapter devoted to the importance of God creating the atmosphere on day two. He explains in detail the importance of creating air so that animals and birds would be able to breathe, and then even goes on to describe how important it was that God mixed the nitrogen and oxygen in the exact right amounts, and the consequences that would have occurred had there been too much of either one.
As I came to the end of the chapter, I was expecting our three year old to ask me to go and get a story book. I was sure the scientific words I had used would have bored her, and that she would not want me to continue. Yet as I looked up her eyes were excitedly scanning the pictures, and she said to me, “More please Mom.”
We are created with a desire to know God. We want to know the truth.
John 8 vs 31-32
“So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
I am so excited to have found a way to share the most important truth of all with my daughters. As the author summed up the creation account on day three, he closes with:
“In the darkness of the third evening it seems as though God has done nothing but lift the moisture-laden mist from the ocean. But He knows better. He is not impatient. he is not hurried. He knows that all is now ready for the next great step in creation.
Listen! He is speaking again: “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear.”
Suddenly the great ocean begins to boil and seethe. There is a mighty shaking and shuddering as out of its depths rise the first needle points of land. Swiftly continents and islands take shape. Mountains and hills move upward as water drains from their sides in foaming cataracts.
What a night! What a day!
As morning dawns on the third day and light shines through the radiant cloud once more, it reveals no longer only an ocean, but great stretches of dry land. It is beautiful land, with lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, and beyond it all, the sea.
How very wonderful! Yesterday only an ocean. Today a beautiful world. Now we know for sure God has a great plan in mind. He is building something, building a home for somebody he Loves.”
What wonderful truth for my girls to hear before bed!
(Reference: The Bible Story, Volume One, By Arthur S. Maxwell.”