Tim Tebow, the bandwagon, and 3:16

Tim Tebow threw for 316 yards this past Sunday in a football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also averaged 31.6 yards per completed pass (an NFL record). 

The stats coupled with Mr Tebow's open profession of faith in Jesus Christ has prompted many different writers to make the connection to John 3:16. I can understand the allure of such a connection. 

John 3:16 is one of the most well known verses of the Bible in America. It is probably quoted as often as "judge not lest ye be judged." 
However, I would like to point out that the majority of the books in the Bible have chapter and verse 3:16. 

Start with Genesis, the first book in the Bible: 
To the woman he said,
"I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you." (Genesis 3:16 NIV)

Maybe that is the message God would want us to take away from the alignment of stat to scripture connection? 

Or it could be this passage: 

The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord's. (Leviticus 3:16 NIV). This verse is a part of a description of offerings that were a staple of the Israelite worship in the Old Testament. Maybe God is using Tebow to spur us to a better physical fitness level so we can all glorify God in athletic ways? Ok, maybe not. 

But what about: 

Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. (Judges 3:16 NIV)

Or...

And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there. (Ecclesiastes 3:16 NIV). 

Maybe?

The Lord says,
"The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks,
flirting with their eyes,
strutting along with swaying hips,
with ornaments jingling on their ankles. (Isaiah 3:16 NIV)

Could be that the message intended was for us to read from a book with the same first name as Tebow...


Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

Maybe the point is to handle ourselves day in and day out so that when others ridicule us we have comfort...

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (1 Peter 3:16 NIV)

You know it could be to draw our hearts to the other John 3:16:

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16 NIV)

It could even be to let us know about the judgment of those who are half-hearted found in the last book of the Bible Revelation 3:16

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

I am not insightful enough to tell you exactly what the message should or should not be. I know that God would not be offended were you to explore the other verses numbered 3:16. I know that God is probably pleased with Tim Tebow not because he is a winner at football, but because he loves God and loves others. 

Hope you find this helpful,

simply HIS,
jb

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