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Onion? Parfait? Scripture? I don’t think many of us would actually put these three words too closely together in a sentence or even a thought, but the three are related when you think about it.

In the movie Shrek, Donkey and Shrek are having a conversation about Shrek’s feelings and his inability to reveal them to anyone. Donkey compares him to a parfait, a sweet dessert that’s easy to eat, while Shrek says he’s more like an onion, the more you peel his layers back, the more you get to know him.

Scripture is like both a parfait, sweet to read and study, and an onion, causing tears and sometimes more than a little pain in the peeling.

I wonder how many times we just breeze through the reading of scripture without actually looking at it closely enough to allow God to pull back its layers for us? We are told what it means and what we should take away from it so much that we forget that we need to look at it and study it for ourselves.

Take for example the story about the leaders of the Temple questioning Jesus about taxes, and the famous answer he gives about rendering to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s (Mark 12:13-17). Of course, on the surface it means we should pay the government what belongs to it, and traditionally that’s what taught in sermons.

But, what if the whole story means so much more than who we pay our money too? What if we allowed God to pull back a layer of the story, and it revealed so much more about how we live our lives and who we owe what too, without compromising the literal meaning of the story?

What if the stories we think we know inside and out have so many layers to them that we wouldn’t be able to put them down because of the endless lessons that God can show us through them? Again without comprising or conflicting with the literal meaning of the story.

If we truly looked at scripture as if it went so deep and was so layered, like a parfait or an onion, wouldn’t we be so amazed by it that we couldn’t put it down? Wouldn’t we just want God to keep pulling back its layers for us?

” How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103


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