Bible Lessons

 

For the past several weeks I’ve taken us on a journey through the Bible by highlighting many of the people whose lives and experiences are important to the understanding of God’s plan. We followed the chronological timeline noting significant figures who were important in the story of God’s relationship with mankind.

The culmination of God’s plan in history was the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the focal point of God’s plan to rescue sinful humanity and to restore the broken relationship which separated us from God’s perfect purpose. It was Jesus who described God’s intentional intervention on behalf of mankind in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus.

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

When we take the time to read the Bible and follow the story of God’s redemptive purpose, we discover that His love drives the narrative from beginning to end. God is involved in the story; communicating with people, intervening in historical events, and providing wisdom and direction to people who place their hope and trust in Him.

All of this is important to us because we are beneficiaries of ¬†God’s grace and love. The faith of those we learn about in the scriptures is quite astounding given the fact that they had no access to the narrative of God’s love that we so often take for granted. But, nonetheless, they found God and bound their ultimate fate to His truth in whatever measure they understood it.

Today we are privileged to read most of the story (not all of the story is complete) in the context of history and, yet, many still choose to disregard or, worse, discredit its validity.

This, again, is why we should read the Bible and understand the big picture of God’s plan for us. It is difficult, in my view, to read the entirety of the scriptures and not have it speak to us on a deeply spiritual level. The words of scripture are truth and truth resonates with us. God has so designed us to recognize truth so that we might ultimately recognize Him.

The spiritual component which uniquely distinguishes mankind from all the rest of God’s creation is what attunes us to His existence and His involvement with us. The Bible tells us God breathed into man that which caused him to become a “living soul.” And it is our soul which qualifies us to be worshippers of God; worshippers whom, the Bible tells us, are to worship God “in spirit and in truth.” No other creature enjoys such a relationship with God.

God speaks to Noah and he builds a giant boat.

He speaks to Abraham and he moves his entire household.

He speaks to Joseph and he becomes the agent for the preservation of the Israelites.

He speaks to Moses and he leads the Israelites from slavery to their homeland.

He speaks to Mary and Joseph and God’s son is born into the world and into a family.

He speaks to Saul and he is transformed from a persecutor into a follower and advocate for Jesus.

But most importantly for you and me, God still speaks and people still hear His voice. God speaks and we are called from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from despair to hope, from death to life.

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