Let me tell you a Story
Actually, there are two stories about stories in all of scripture, the rest of the time the word “story” means levels of buildings. The Bible is not simply a book full of interesting stories. God’s word is living. With His word He created the heavens and its beings, including Satan and man. The word of God is reality. Good over evil, salvation or damnation. We could go on with the contrasts, but what’s the point. We need to take His word seriously.
The two stories that are about stories are contrasts. The Queen of Sheba’s interests were sparked when she heard of Solomon’s reputation. She wanted to know if it was true. “Then she said to the king, ‘It was a true story that I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.'” (1 Kings 10:6 NASB)
The other story is about a lying story that that spreads to this very day. If believed it guaranties damnation. When the religious heard the talk about the empty tomb and Christ’s resurrection they still would not release their grip on the nation Israel.
“And when they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and keep you out of trouble.” And they took the money and did as they had been instructed; and this story was widely spread among the Jews and is to this day.” (Matthew 28:12-15 NASB)
Truth is prevailing over this lie. Jews in Israel are proclaiming the Messiah’s death and resurrection. The day’s coming when Israel cries out, “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39)