Podcast #308: “The God Who Stays” by Matthew West

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

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.

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Additional Resources

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.

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