In our elated rampage through the tales of this world, it is crucial that we do not forget the Story: the Story of stories, the Tale from with all tales tend. This is a concept which I fully intend to bring up often throughout the life of this blog, but for the moment, let us loose ourselves to wonder.
The story told in the Bible is the most magnificent story ever written. It is the Tale, the Epic, the Romance. As I heard it long ago, “It is an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne—everything—to rescue the one he loves.”1
It treads all paths laid forth by every form of literature in the world: poetry, narrative, history, genealogy. There are battles, love, and victories won by armies vastly outnumbered. Giants transverse its pages, shepherd boys become kings, and impossible missions are successfully accomplished. There is oppression, exile, deep hate, and deeper healing.
All other tales are shadows and reflections and memories of this One Tale. They are the branches leading back to the Trunk. We would be fools to go about our lives thinking the shadow is the Real Thing.
I am indebted to The Jesus Storybook Bible for introducing to me the idea that the Bible is a true fairy-tale. You can purchase The Jesus Storybook Bible here. I highly recommend it, even to those who no longer consider themselves children.
1Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible