The 7 Most Beautiful Passages in the Bible

The Bible is beautifully written with a coherence and cogency that is awe-inspiring considering that it was written over the span of a millennium and a half. Awe-inspiring is not a synonym for surprising, though. The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God. Please take note, I did not write "contains the word of God," I wrote, "is the divinely inspired word of God." Defending the inerrancy of the Bible is another article, though; for now, I want my readers to know that I am an honest-to-goodness fundamentalist who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible. That being said, while defending my position requires a separate article, it's not disconnected from this article. The passages that I've chosen for my list are first and foremost beautiful because God is revealing Himself in and through them. And that applies to the entire Bible.

While the entire Bible is authoritative for all life and practice, my list is not. In fact, I desire disagreement; I would love to hear which Bible passages that others find beautiful and why.

7. Genesis 3:15

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.

After God created the universe and everything in it, humans joined in rebellious league with the Serpent-Satan. Attempting to overthrow God's just and righteous rule, Adam and Eve sinned. Squashing the attempted coup, God pronounces judgment on His rebellious creation, starting in Genesis 3:14. The curses reveal that because of sin humans are ethically separated from God and must suffer the just punishment of death. Right off the bat, the story of the Bible looks bleak.

Except, graciously and mercifully, in Genesis 3:15, in the midst of pronouncing judgment on the fallen human race, God promises to fix the problem that rebellious, sinful humans created. God promises to send a Redeemer into the world to defeat the Serpent-Satan. Genesis 3:15 reveals God's plan to redeem His people back to Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.