My wife decided this year to read the Bible through again. Each time she makes new discoveries. It is exciting to hear her share these insights whenever she sees something that she thinks will be especially interesting to me.
And she is discovering that “there is nothing new under the sun.” How many times have we heard that. (Matthew 13:52b “. . . like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
Before air travel people didn’t know they could go across the ocean without ships. Before television we wondered how the gospel could be shared without missionaries moving to other countries.
Before we knew about “clouds” we lay on the green grass, looked at the sky, and talked about the beautiful formations the cumulus, nimbus, and cirrus clouds created. We knew nothing about information being stored in the “cloud.” What did these new words mean: Emails, Facebook, U-Tube, texting, drones, hacking, twitter, and tweets?
These words give meaning to Ecclesiastes 10:20: “Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words and a bird on the wing may report what you say!” Now we understand about those birds of the air and a bird on the wing. The Holy Spirit can be so creative.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, had no idea what he was telling us but, inspired by God, he wrote about communication, and we are reminded that There Is Nothing New Under the Sun.
Makes you wonder what we are reading today in God’s Word, recorded through the inspired writers of the Scripture, about the discoveries that will be made by the generations to come? What an awesome thought.