All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Well, Andrew Jackson's out and Harriet Tubman is in or, should I say, on the $20 bill.
When the slave who rescued other slaves is featured on our paper currency, it will be the first time a woman has been there in over 100 years. Indeed, in the past there have only been two other times a woman has graced our paper money. The first time was in the late 1860s when Pocahontas showed up on the back of a $20 bill, and the last time was in the 1880s when Martha Washington appeared on a silver certificate.
Now this decision has not been made without a lot of discussion. There were some who wanted to save "Old Hickory," a slave holder, from being demoted to the $20s backside. There were others who wanted to see Alexander Hamilton get the boot.
But that was hardly the end of the discussion.
Harriet Tubman was not the only lady being recommended for the honor of being immortalized on our cash. Other names which had been mentioned were Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart. Who knows, maybe someday these ladies will get a bill of their own.
In the meantime Tubman is being honored for her courage and commitment to others.
But now the great questions are will you use the new $20 bill since it is going to look so different than what we are accustomed to seeing? And will stores accept the new $20 after it rolls off the Treasury's presses?
Silly questions? Of course, they are! You and I know it's not the picture of the person on the bill that gives money its value. No, it's not the person on the bill; it's the person, in this case, Uncle Sam, who stands behind the bill that makes a piece of paper more than a piece of paper.
That, my friends, is also true when it comes to God's Word.
Our Holy Scriptures are not made valuable because they are printed on fine, gilded paper or because they have beautiful illustrations or even because they are bound with the finest quality leather. Our family Bible is not cherished just because it contains a record of births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, or because it has been handed down over the generations.
No, God's Word is valuable because of Who stands behind it. It is priceless because behind those pages stands our God of grace.
The Bible is cherished and is valuable because it is the unique and inspired story of God's love and mercy that were brought to fulfillment in the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, God's Son, our Savior. His story of sacrifice which offers forgiveness, hope, happiness and heaven is a divine gift which can always be trusted.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for Your Scripture and Your Son who have changed my present life and my eternal destiny. May the Holy Spirit lead the doubting and the skeptical to see the salvation You have given us in Jesus. In His Name I pray. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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