Friday Bible Study News from August 4, 2017
And we continue to walk with Abraham. Our opening meditation today used some passages from the Psalms of the Day: 19, 20, 21, 22 with the following verses:
- Psalm 19: 11 “ Moreover by them is your servant enlightened; and in keeping them is great reward.”
- Psalm 20:4 “ May he grant you your heart’s desire, and prosper all your plans.”
- Psalm 21:2 “ You have given him his heart’s desire”
- Psalm 21: 5 “His honor is great because of your victory.”
- Psalm 22: 29: “My descendents will serve him; they shall be known as the LORD’S forever.”
These passages were explored for murmurs of Abraham. We discussed the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’s “Education to Wonder” and that “awe” could be substituted for “wonder”. Wonder and awe are not intellectual responses, they come from the heart and not the head . Obedience follows when one is in wonder and awe of that which is outside of and greater than self. (A conversation followed around the role of worship space and practice in education to wonder.)
Where are we now in our understanding of the Kingdom of God in the Book of Genesis? What do the texts so far tell us about the Kingdom of God and about ourselves. Here are the conclusions we found:
Creation text/Adam and Eve The Kingdom is perfect. Adam and Eve are not because of their sin of pride. They are exiled from Paradise and need to work in order to live. In other words they become more human. We learn that there is Redemption in any act by God. We are here to live a life of labor but with the support of our Creator.
Noah text The Kingdom of God offers sanctification and redemption, not just to human kind but to all of creation. God’s law is in the heart. It has not been codified yet. God is still Creator God, not Lawgiver. The Covenant with Noah has to do with God’s commitment to not destroy the earth again by water. It does not even suggest proper behavior for humans.
Abraham text A “People” is identified within the Kingdom of God; the History of the People of Israel begins. Obedience, again, is in the heart of Abraham. We are not told directly where his sense of monotheism begins. His responses, with the exception of the bargaining over Sodom, are without questions or waiting. He simple does.
For next time:
On Friday, August 11, we will conclude our walk with Abraham with the text of the Binding of Isaac.
There is a place for you at our table.