Tuesday Re-mix –
“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long…” Matthew 23:5
When I was in High School, my Dad gave me a Ryrie Study Bible. I wore it out. I was proud of that Bible. It wasn’t just the huge size of it (it was a larger Bible than the hard-back “Living Bible” so many of my friends carried)…it was all the commentary in it that made me proud. It was a little unusual for my circle of High School friends, so it drew some attention. And when friends opened it up to look at it, it just screamed “THE OWNER OF THIS BIBLE IS A BIBLE SCHOLAR AND A TRULY SPIRITUAL PERSON!” Seriously. You could hear it. The advantage, of course, of having that Bible was that I didn’t have to tell anyone anything about me in order to manage their perception of me. They need only have seen my Bible. I liked that.
In 1984, on my 24th birthday, my Dad gave me a “preaching bible”. It was black, with a very thin profile. By then, I had grown mature enough in my Christian walk to be a little embarrassed by my huge Study Bible(s). (I actually had several of them by then.) This “Thin Line” Bible was understated. When friends saw it, it said (in a very low key, nonchalant voice), “the owner of this Bible has so much scripture crammed into his brain, he doesn’t really need a big study Bible.” My attitude toward Study Bibles had changed. Actually, I think I heard a Christian comedian make a joke about huge Study Bibles and how pretentious they were and it changed how I saw them. I certainly did not want to …