THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Sad demise of stories from the Bible

It saddened me to read last week that children no longer know Bible stories.

It is understandable – fewer Sunday schools, RE in schools, where it is still taught at all, dealing with other things, and parents and teachers themselves knowing less about the Bible – but it is still very sad, like treasure getting lost.

What about Elijah and the prophets of Baal, then the still small voice? Jonah and the whale? Balaam and his ass? Solomon and the two women? Joshua and Jericho? David and Bathsheba? David and Absalom? The call of Samuel? The whole story of Ruth? Samson and Delilah? Every episode of the exodus?

And, a particular favourite of mine, Naaman the leper, about a great general with an embarrassing secret. His wife’s servant girl believed the holy man in her homeland could help him.

At first Naaman’s approach was bluster, the only language he knew, but he came to realise that being humble and obedient is often the better way, and it worked for him.

All these stories and countless more are to be found in just the first part of the Old Testament; you could follow up each of them by Googling if you do not know your way about the Bible.

You do not have to buy the whole religious package to see how good these stories are and how important their message. They are well worth reading up.

And you who know them from way back, recognise that you are guardians of treasure which, unlike gold and silver, is best shared out and spread around, so everyone gets richer.

Roger Seal

Spalding Quaker Meeting