The bible is made up of sixty-six (66) smaller books, but it is one big book telling one big story about one even bigger God and how He related to people many years ago. We living in the twenty-first century must figure out how God and His story inter sects with the story of our lives today. As we understand better how God operated and who He was in the bible, He will become more relevant to us today.
The story of God begins with the first verse of the first book of the bible, Genesis:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Is this the beginning of God? The Hebrew meaning of the word “beginning” here refers to the beginning of creation. You see, throughout the bible, every writer understands God to be a being who has no beginning or end. He is not a created being, but the creator of all things.
What does it mean for men and women to be made in God’s likeness or image?
The Hebrew word for “image” comes from the word that we get “icon” from. Most of us deal with icons on our computers, tablets and phones. They are small pictures that represent and point us to a bigger file.
These are events that make the world stop and ask why? What did those people do to deserve that? But we don’t have much time to stop and think too long because we have to get on with our own busy lives and responsibilities.
The first ten chapters of the book of Genesis show how people, who once were in perfect union with God, had gone astray because they wanted to do what they wanted to do and now with the knowledge of good and evil – they had a propensity for evil. Sound familiar?
As Moses leads the Israelites, who were freed from being slaves in Egypt, make their way through the wilderness on this journey, God parts the Red Sea…the people are freed… the people complain a lot… and this is where we pick up the story.
God had essentially made two covenants with the people He had selected or called apart to worship Him and became the nation of Israel. The first is the promise God made to Abraham that He would bless the people and that He would bless the whole world through the sending of the Messiah through this nation.
Let’s look at the biblical theme of grace. It is a word that is widely used especially in the New Testament (NT). So what does it mean? What does the word convey?
Three times Paul pleaded with the Lord to take away a “thorn in the side.” Do you have a thorn in your side? Something in your life that is painful, that seems like a curse?
We live in a world where people are starving for authentic relationships and genuine intimacy. People look everywhere for it, and mostly aren’t finding it. People sit night after night in bars desperately looking for it…people search for it in conversations that only ever scratch the surface…people hook-up (or what use to be called one-night stands) looking for it. They have mistaken sex for intimacy – physical contact for intimacy.