The mystery novel has always been a popular form of literature and continues so today. The writer contrives a plot designed to keep the reader in suspense throughout the book, usually with a conclusion that is unexpected and intriguing.
Available to man is the world’s greatest book of mysteries, the Bible. In Deuteronomy 29:29 we read “The secret things belong to the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” The mysteries revealed to mankind in the Scriptures remain an insoluble puzzle to all who look elsewhere for the answers.
Speaking with divine compulsion the Prophet Amos said: “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). To those willing to hear and obey, God discloses things that otherwise remain a mystery.
Philosophers and scientists continue to wrestle with such mysteries as the origin of the universe and man, the reality of God and the nature of his being, the fact of sin, good and evil, and the destiny of man. But apart from scriptural revelation men find themselves caught up in a maze of vain speculations, philosophical and scientific.
In Scripture, “mystery” is really a New Testament word, for in the person and work of Christ the mysteries of the ages find their conclusion. He permeates the Old Testament while he stands revealed in the New. To his disciples the risen Lord said, “ ‘Everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:44b, 45).
What an incentive this offers the Christian to “search the scriptures”! While there are many mysteries that have puzzled ...1
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