Of the Making of Books


11 “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”  (Ecclesiastes 12)

Has the world honestly done itself a favor to create and accept so many books regarding the Bible and Christianity? 

A great and profitable enterprise was launched many decades ago.  The making of more and more translations.  Sunday School lessons enough to fill a cathedral, without one gap left for air.  “How to” books, “Where and When” books, books for families, books for marriage, work, play, devotion, witnessing, holiness and hell, books of pictures, books regarding prophecy, and hundreds more.

All of them for sale.  All of them for profit.  All of them beckoning.  All of them crafty in their own right.

Has the printing press replaced the Holy Spirit?  What has become of the saying,  “Freely you have received freely give”?  And where is the door through which we might return?

Many know the proverb above.  But how many have taken note of the tiny passage within it: “given by one Shepherd”?

By His Grace

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