My wife drives me crazy.
When we watch movies together, I grind my teeth. I clench my jaw. I roll my eyes in disgust.
Because she guesses the endings. Out loud.
And she’s usually right.
That acceptable for biographical movies. But it’s a sin for mysteries and thrillers.
What about Bible study?
You can learn a lot from observing beginnings and endings of:
Genesis begins with life, and ends with a coffin.
Judges begins with Israel under a king, and ends as a king-less nation.
Exodus begins with the bars of slavery and ends with the fresh air of freedom.
Walk with Paul as He morphs from a Christian killer to a Christian trailblazer.
Mourn the descent of Samuel as He starts “small and humble (1 Samuel 9:21) and ends proud and rebellious (1 Samuel 15:26).
Hear the description of fallen churches who had bright beginnings (Revelation 3).
Stroll with Adam and Eve through the garden after the fall of man. And then run in terror after it. (Genesis 3)
But what ever you do, remember this:
Christ is always the beginning and the end. He is the alpha and the omega of every book.
So next time you read, snoop to the origins.
Then skip to the end.
See the contrast And learn from it.
Here’s some homework: Observe the beginnings and the ends of Enoch and the Transfiguration.
What did you discover? Share your revelations with me below.