Christian publishers have done a wonderful job of filling our shelves with children’s Bibles. There are tons of em. Not all of them are great. Many simply use the stories of the Bible to teach moralistic lessons, failing to tell you the real story of the Bible. The Bible is a book that teaches morals, no doubt. But the Bible does so much more than teach morals. The Bible teaches about the perfect and mighty and loving God, from whom the world derives its moral standards. The Bible teaches about a God who sent His Son, to be our perfect morality when we couldn’t live up to God’s perfect character. The Bible is a book that teaches morality, but more than this it is a theological, historical account of the God who loves us enough to save us from ourselves. The Bible is about God before it is about us. He is the hero of the story. A lot of children’s Bibles forget this fundamental truth.
For example, just about every children’s Bibles will tell the David and Goliath story. We get the details of the story right; the armor that’s too big, the choosing of the stones, and all that. But then we miss the point of the story and claim that the moral of the story is we should have great courage and faith like David did. We forget that we are not David in this story, we are the Israelites! We are not the brave, heroic giant-killers. We are the scared Israelites, unable to defeat our greatest enemy, waiting for a hero to defeat him for us. We miss the real good news of this story of David, namely that a King in the line of Judah has defeated our greatest enemy, and with His victory we are now emboldened and enabled to win the battle over evil forces.
Here’s how Lloyed-Jones ends her account of the David story; “God had saved his people. David was a hero! Many years later, God would send his people another young hero to fight for them. And to save them. But this Hero would fight the greatest battle the world has ever known.”
This is why I love Sally Lloyd-Jones’ The Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s a children’s Bible that wants to tell you about the true Hero of the Scriptures, the Son of God, all the while telling the Bible stories in a clear, captivating manner alongside engaging illustrations. This children’s Bible will highlight the connections from every Bible story to their ultimate fulfillment in Christ. If you have kids (and even if you don’t), it ought to be on your shelf. If you need to check it out, there is a copy in the church library.
You can find more info on the book here.