Overview of the Bible (3) Restoration BeginsPresentation Transcript
The Story of the World (and Us) According to the Bible (3) Restoration Begins
Creation Disaster! Restoration Someone A New Restoration Begun Special Community Completed
Gen es is Historical books, Psalms, etc. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts, Paul’s letters, etc. Revelation Old Testament New Testament
In the beginning—God’s plan: God And God saw that everything was very good! Adam, Eve Let us make human beings in our image. Let them take care of the garden for us. Life, blessing
But then Adam and Eve decided not to listen to God God God’s life wasn’t shared with the world. Death began to squeeze the life out of us. Evil & violence spread everywhere . Adam, Eve violence death hate greed war
Consequences of the Great Rejection The Bible paints a picture of us leaving God’s presence where life is found and moving toward death.
The rhythm of death was heard: And he died, and he died, and he died… Consequences of the Great Rejection Created to live, now we die.
Questions about the Great Rejection:
1. Can the move toward death be reversed?
2. What will God do to lure us back to his side of life?
God decides to try again God came to Abraham and said, “Leave your country and your people and go to a new land.” “ I will make you into a great nation.” The list of people ended with Abraham and his wife Sarah who could have no children. They had no life within them to pass on.
God’s New Partnership God Partnership : I will be your God, you will be my people. Through you all the nations will be blessed. life, blessing Abraham
God’s 10 Rules for the Partnership:
You are to have no other gods but me
You must not make any images of me
Do not try exploit me for your own use
Remember the 7 th day
Honor your parents
No false witnessing
No desiring what others have
The people agree: “Everything the Lord has said, we will do!”
The partnership was celebrated with the leaders of the people eating a meal in the presence of God.
In every partnership, success depends on each side doing its part.
God had said, “I will be your God,” meaning that he would protect and defend his people, watch over them, and bless them.
Sometimes it didn’t seem that God was doing what he said he would do.
The book of Psalms wrestles with that issue Job in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament wrestle with this issue, too.
The people promised to live for God and to allow his life, his compassion, his truth and his justice to flow through them to one another and to all peoples.
Did they do that?
No! God They broke the partnership; they acted like all the other nations. They didn’t bring God’s life to the world. Israel oppression, violence, death injustice
The Partnership: broken
Finally, God withdrew his support from his people and they were defeated by enemy armies. Their capital city, Jerusalem was destroyed and many of them were taken captive.
The partnership seemed to be over.
God sent messenger after messenger to his people, urging them to come back to him and to the partnership, but they refused.
The Partnership: broken
But what about God’s desire to bring life back to his creation and to all people?
Was God giving up on his plan?
Thankfully not! God decided to try once more: “ A new day is coming ,” God said. “ I will set up a new partnership with my people. I will put my rules in their minds and in their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people .”
A New Partnership
This time God would send someone special to act as his partner:
“ The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding ,
the Spirit of counsel and of power ,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
A New Partnership
Because the Spirit of the Lord is on him,
He will not judge things only by how they look.
He won’t make decisions based simply on what people say.
He will always do what is right when he decides about those who are in need.
He will put godliness on as if it were his belt.
A New Partnership
With this someone special in charge,
Wolves will live with lambs;
leopards will lie down with goats;
calves and lions will eat together and
little children will lead them around.
As the oceans are full of water, so will the earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.”
This Someone Special that God promised to send was given many names:
The Son of (King) David
The Servant of God
The Son of God
The Son of Man
The name that Jesus most often chose to refer to himself was The Son of Man .
The Son of Man title comes from the Old Testament book of Daniel.
Daniel had a vision in which he saw 4 beasts. These beasts represented 4 governments or kingdoms that cruelly oppressed people. Then Daniel saw someone like “a son of man .” To this son of man (rather than to the beasts!) God gave “authority, glory and sovereign power” over all the earth. This Son of Man will rule over us forever.
So the people waited for God to send to them that someone special. As they waited they debated how they should prepare themselves for his coming.
The Pharisees said that everyone must become pure and everyone must keep all the laws of God. Jews must not associate with no-Jews. The Sadducees said that everyone must participate in the rituals, feasts, and worship of the great Temple in Jerusalem.
The Zealots were revolutionaries and said that everyone should be prepared to fight for the Lord against their Roman occupiers.
The Essenes said that everyone must leave the corrupt cities and go to the desert to form separate, pure communities. When the “Someone Special” came, were they ready to receive him?
The Promised New Partnership Anyone who believes in him will not really die, but will have eternal life. John 3:16 God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. God Jesus Forgiveness, reconciliation, justice, peace, life