Herma and Herman Neutics on Reading from the End
Perhaps you've been told not to jump ahead and read the end of a story, particularly a whodunit because it spoils the reading experience. And that mostly true, I suppose. But I heard Herma say one day, "You know, everything I need to know about the Bible is in Revelation 21-22."
"Surely you jest," I replied.
"No," she said, "not really. Maybe a little exaggeration but I think its true."
"Okay, I'll bite," replied Herman. "What do you mean?"
'It's pretty simple, really. We don't read the Bible primarily for aesthetic enjoyment (though we should probably do more of that than we do). We read it to gain some kind of direction or insight into faithfully for God, right? Well, then, our reading will be rather aimless until we know what God is doing and where God is taking us and history. Only if we know what God's up to can we live with direction, intention, and attention. Three things many of us lack or find difficult to sustain because we lack this knowledge."
"So, you're saying that we should start be reading Revelation 21-22?" asked Herman.
"That's right, Herman. Exactly!"
"Wish I didn't have to run off right now to work. Will you tell me more about this when I return?
"Of course, of course. Till then."