Holy Scripture tells us that the “Word” was made flesh when the Lord God came into the world to walk among men and women. If Jesus was the Word, which was in heaven even before the creation of the physical universe, then this makes simple theological sense.
But what about the Holy Scripture itself? Is not the Bible God’s Word? If the Sacred Scripture is the same “Word” that Jesus made flesh, then there is a lot more theological work to be done to understand just how this might be.
If Scripture is God’s revealed Wisdom to humanity and Jesus is the Divine Truth then they are indeed the same. What comes from God is God and is infinitely holy.
How would the Lord make the Old Testament narratives flesh when they were lived-out by other humans long before His Advent? How could the Lord portray all complicated details of these stories? Were the biblical stories written for such a goal?
The only way to accomplish such a feat would be through God’s infinite creativity. In other words, use the people, cities and events in Scripture to depict more than historical fact—to depict what the Lord was experiencing inwardly while on earth.
For instance, the story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac could be ingeniously used to represent the development of the Lord’s rational and spiritual rational mind as He was growing up on earth. Lot (Abram’s nephew), his wife and daughters, would also represent the various challenges and obstacles that the Lord had to face as He matured and gained heavenly wisdom (ultimately becoming ONE with the Father).
While using the lives of historical figures to play out such a profound metaphor seems incomprehensible, upon reflection it can be grasped that the various thoughts and feelings that emerge from mind can be rationally organized into coherent families. Therefore, husbands, wives and children can be creatively used to portray kinships and affinities between ideas, feelings, dispositions and beliefs. Or, individuals can be used to communicate opposing views and enemies.
Also consider this—the Holy Word cannot be Holy unless all things in it addressed the Lord alone! No mortal human, city, or historical event can be worthy of such holiness, unless each could be used to depict (symbolize) some aspect of the Lord and His life on earth. This is how the Lord made the Word flesh while living in the world. This is how the Lord made His human essence completely Divine, so that He could ascend to heaven even in His physical body!
On the road to Emmaus, Jesus revealed these secret things to several disciples concerning how the stories of Scripture (from the books of Moses to the Prophets) referred to HIMSELF. That is also when the Lord “opened their eyes to understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). Such extra teaching and effort would not have been necessary if a mere literal interpretation of Scripture was adequate for the Lord’s divine mission.
Until fairly recently, this rarefied knowledge was only available to special individuals and angels, who could distill and interpret the literal meaning of the biblical stories into their higher, psycho-spiritual equivalent.
The good news is that this deeper doctrinal knowledge is now being offered to the world.
Are you interested in learning more?