All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17 NRSV
What does it mean for the bible to be inspired by God? Are the writings of biblical authors perfectly written divine dictations? Did these men (yes only men wrote the books of the bible) hear the voice of God differently than people today? Some think that they did. Some see the patriarchs, prophets and disciples as infallible ancient popes.
Yet some see the scriptures a bit differently. I love the humanity of biblical authors. David was a bad dude who did bad things. Yet some of his writings speak so deeply to me. Moses was one of the greatest leaders. Yet he seemed constrained, as we all are, by the culture he lived in. In these men I see divine inspiration in such a different light.
Help us Lord to find inspiration in the way that you used fallible people to write the scriptures.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible..