God gave humanity the capacity to imagine things we have not seen with our eyes. As we apply that gift of imagination to the Word of God, it can deepen our emotional response and engagement with the Bible, like the way a good film can provoke our personal thoughts and emotions with cinematic imagery and sound. Imagination, plus the Biblical text, gives us more emotional insight into God’s character, and his priorities as a person.
Dorothy Sayers once said, “The Christian faith is the most exciting drama that ever staggered the imagination of man…” So why don’t we apply our imagination to reading his Word? Having seen the Jesus film, which is the most watched film ever made, seen in 248 countries and translated into 848 languages¹, I’ve been inspired during my Bible reading time to imagine locations and situations as scenes and quoted verses as dialogue. Below are a few “lines of dialogue” spoken by God and Jesus. As you go back and read them in their context, allow your imagination to make the person of God come alive to you.
The LORD: “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” [Genesis 4:6,7]
The LORD: “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.” [Exodus 33:19]
The LORD: “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?” [Job 40:6-9]
Jesus: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” [John 4:10]
Jesus: “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” [John 18:37]
Jesus: “If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man's whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” [John 7:23, 24]
- Wendy H.