by Graham Mol
Today on the Google home page the “Google Doodle”, that is the little picture above the box where you type in your search request, is in honour of “Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type printing press. German-born Gutenberg’s invention in the 1400s is credited with bringing about the printing revolution in Renaissance Europe. Google has chosen to celebrate Gutenberg on 14 April, because on that date in 2000 the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, launched an exhibition to honour him in celebration of its 100th anniversary.” (Source the Independent)
Gutenberg’s masterpiece is the world’s first printed Bible, known as the Gutenberg Bible. Only 180 copies were made and today there are only 49 of them left. If you happen to have a copy in your garage, you could be very, very rich as a complete copy could go for at least $35 Million! Since Gutenberg’s Bible there have been many, many more printed. The Guinness Book of Records estimates that over 5 billion Bibles have been printed so far, it is by far the most sold book in history.
These stats shouldn’t surprise us for the Lord has said that His word will remain forever:
“35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8)
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:24-25)
Although the Gutenberg prints of the Bible are worth millions, their worth pales in comparison to the precious word of God that has transformed the lives of millions of people. Whether through quiet personal reading, or reading out loud in a group, whether sung or preached, God uses His recorded word to speak into our lives today and forevermore.