If your pattern is to closely examine small chunks of Scripture — and you never zoom out to see the Grand Story — you may miss out on the staying pattern of our faithful God. Matthew West’s song “The God Who Stays” inspired me to take a fly over approach we see the method of our Master.
Buckle up, we’re going to fly high over a lot of ground, but I think it will give us an amazing perspective wherever we land in Scripture next.
On this week’s episode I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Reading in context
- Considering the big story (metanarrative)
- The reason why we are drawn to the “staying” characteristic of God – Psalm 94:14
- Considering the whole of Scripture – all 66 books, over 40 authors, written over 1500 years
- The covenants of God and a useful tool from Bible Project to help you explore them – BibleProject.com
- Consider exploring further these areas of Scripture:
- Genesis 1-3 – creation and fall
- Genesis 6+ – the flood and the Noahic Covenant
- Genesis 11 – the Tower of Babel and the scattering
- Genesis 12 – the Abrahamic Covenant
- Exodus 14 – God’s deliverance of His people by the blood of the lamb and by water with the crossing of the Red Sea
- Exodus 19-24 – the Mosaic Covenant
- Joshua and Judges – displaying the pattern of deliverance by God, rebellion by the people, crying out, rinse, and repeat
- 2 Samuel – the Davidic Covenant
- Kings and Chronicles – each king showing that they were not sufficient to bring the people in right relationship with God
- The New Testament as the Light of the World dawns breaking 400 years of silence and bringing all the nations (all who would respond) into the New Covenant
- Entering the New Covenant is made possible only by faith in Christ, who shed His blood to take away the sins of the world – Hebrews 8:6
Check out the official music video on YouTube below.
More Than a Song Playlist
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- Lyrics and Chords (and guitar tutorial) – EssentialWorship.com
- Bible Project – The Covenants in the Bible
This Week’s Challenge
We covered a lot of ground today. If you would like to explore the big idea of covenant further, I highly recommend a resource on covenants by The Bible Project. If there is a story I highlighted that you’ve never read for yourself before, by all means, read it this week! If you just want to meditate on a chunk of Scripture as is our normal weekly pattern, I recommend Psalm 94.