The Biblical story

God has a long-term plan, well underway

God called Abraham to undo the sin of Adam and Eve.  This core detail of the Biblical story is important, and yet easy to miss.

What is the Biblical story?

The Biblical story is the consistent and basic story across the many books of the Bible.  The Biblical story includes:

  • God’s pattern of selectivity: God selected Isaac and not Ishmael, Jacob and not Esau.
  • Moses and the Torah.
  • The promise of blessings, and of curses. (e.g. Deuteronomy 28.)
  • The golden age of King David, and his radical sin.
  • The long period of exile and the murder of the prophets.

Understanding the key moments and themes, leads to the historical tension of God’s covenant faithfulness in the 1st century.

The tension of God’s covenant faithfulness

God called Abraham and had made substantial promises to him, yet in the 1st century, his people were oppressed and subject to the nations.

The Jewish people wanted God to act.  But the Jewish people had been part of the problem.  What was God to do?

Jesus’ ministry took place in this tension.

Conversation in theology

Through Conversation, David develops the tension of God’s covenant faithfulness in the first century.

What was God to do in this tension?  In Jesus ministry, and in his death, burial and bodily resurrection, we can see God’s answer.

The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describe this time.

Yesterday, and today

As we better understand yesterday, we can better understand today:

Conversation in theology involves looking into the past.  Yet, the events of the past are not unrelated to today.

The long history of the Christian church, animated by Holy Spirit, matters, and also continues right through to the present day.

 

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