I was talking with a member of our church family after the service Sunday morning. He shared with me how, when his children lived at home with them, he used to teach them about the Bible. Namely, he didn’t call what we find contained within it merely stories, though they are that. Rather, he went out of his way to describe them as histories.
I really liked that idea, because in our culture, when we hear the word story, we would probably think in our minds of fiction, nine times out of ten. In the words of my friend, the word history makes us think of something that did, truly, occur. It is an account of reality. We probably wouldn’t even question it.
Which is why we started there in the sermon on Sunday, describing Joshua and a number of books that will now follow in our ongoing study of the Bible, the histories. For these things actually did happen, and it’s important to understand the facts of the past, as recorded and told in the Bible. And we must then move beyond what merely happened, to ask the question “why,” and what the significance of these histories may be both in the past, and our present.
If your curiosity and interest has been piqued (and I hope it has), I suggest you continue exploring the history found in the book of Joshua. The resources below will help you proceed:
- Review last week’s sermon on Joshua.
- After eight weeks in our series now, your probably used to this second suggestion, and have already bookmarked in your browser the book summaries from the Bible Project. Namely, Click here to find a whole page of videos, milestones, study resources, and recommendations for further reading and study on this remarkable history, Joshua.
- Watch the theme video and check out resources on The Day of the Lord, which helps us think through the violence within the histories found in the Bible.
As always, please feel free to email me with questions or ideas for The Whole Story. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, when we will begin the next chapter of the drama by studying the story found in Joshua. Be sure to read it before you come!
Grateful to Serve the God of all History with You,
We continue to study the 400 year history of God’s covenant people, the Israelites, as found in the books of first and second Kings, but as seen through the eyes of Yahweh’s prophets. Our most current study? The prophet Amos, and his poetry, sermons, and oracles.
Child Dedications May 2017
Six children were dedicated this past Sunday. We pray God's blessings upon these children and their parents!
The main aim of the sermon series we are currently in, The Whole Story, is to inspire you to read through the whole Bible over the course of about eighteen months, which began in January 2018. A foundational reason for this is that we believe that on this journey we will experience, week by week, the exciting truth that the Bible is a unified story that points us to Jesus.
The book of the prophet Hosea. Honestly, in first reading, it can be difficult to grasp. There are quite a few movements and shifts in thinking, and our author mixes various styles of writing and a multitude of images and themes. So as I spent time over the course of a week with this book as a reader, and studier, what struck me was that I needed to process and meditate on Hosea as a whole. To step back and see the larger picture. To not get lost in the details. And I kept asking the question, “Is there a major theme here that you are trying to communicate, Father?”
We are now making our way into the “Prophets Before the Exile” section of The Whole Story. I really like the way our Read Scripture plan breaks a bit here from the order of the books of the Old Testament in our common English translation of the bible. For the Read Scripture plan is more in line with how the story actually unfolded.