much upheaval in Roman society. There were so many persecuted that the book of Revelation was written and included in the Bible. This last gave warnings about the growing contest between the Church and Roman state. The work is a document of hope, in saying that the Lord’s road is indeed bumpy but the Way is clear. History has told us since then who indeed won that race. The Christian church survived and Roman Empire did not.

 Now, just as we admire cars in a show and ask which we’d drive, we should also ask which version of that Bible we should read? I say the choice somewhat depends on your preferences. In all cases it should be serviceable… meaning that it should be traditional and truly gospel-speaking. Some like myself, are those who scrape the paint and dirt of centuries away, to get to the bottom meanings of the ancient languages. Folks like me who would strip an old Ford to the metal to find body putty, go to ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts and prayerfully attempt to find out what the founders of the faith wrote... and meant. Other readers, however, want to be centered in the Church as it appeared and first grew in Rome. They go to more Catholic,

German, can turn to the old-school King James Bible version. This last uses rather dated-English language. The KJV has enough “thee” and ‘thou” personal pronouns to overstuff the horse-hair seats in a ’41 Plymouth.

 Finally, for those who favor late-model cars… we have more modern language Bibles ready. Like sporting rustic nameplates like Ferrari, Mercedes and Ford, in bibles we have the Revised Standard Version (RSV) and the

Latin Vulgate translations. I myself have often thought that “Vulgate” should be the proud name of a Chevy-powered hotrod ‘50 Studebaker… mysteriously strong and streamlined.

 You clearly see here that buying a modern Bible is much like going from a Model “A” Ford into a ’40 Chevrolet pickup… the language is different but it still can get you where you want to go. Those who want to read trusted old English, rather than the older Latin or


Scripture proclaims that we are healed eternally by Jesus taking the stripes of the whip. Though innocent, he took that from even our sinful hands. He willingly suffered for our sake, delivering those of his church into the loving hands of our Maker.