The Holy Spirit is kind of like the Cooper Manning, Petyon and Eli’s brother, of the trinity. Cooper is extremely successful and a huge asset to their family, but simply doesn’t get as much publicity. The Holy Spirit, our advocate and guide, is worth knowing. Take a look at this video.
We’ve posted this one before, but come on, we could all understand holiness a little better, couldn’t we? In fact, understanding holiness keeps us safe, keeps us within God’s will, and keeps us clean. That’s all good news!
Sacrifices: why they used to do them, why we don’t do them anymore, why they were such a big deal, what their actual purpose was
The required sacrifices found in the Old Testament cause a lot of questions. This video will answer a ton of questions on what they were and what they were about.
Heaven and earth: though we’re not there yet, the goal is for them to be one in the same. See what the Bible says about them:
Why did God choose the Israelites as his people and not the Egyptians or the Ammonites or the Philistines or any of the other people groups we’ve read about? I ask this question because this week, in our Exodus readings, we will see the stark contrast between the Israelites and the Egyptians. God continually makes it clear who his people are and who his people are not.
In general, this seems to be the way we ask questions about Scripture: why did God do it this way? Why didn’t God do it that why? Why does the Bible say this?
What if we spun our thoughts on Scripture to see a good, loving, and all-powerful God who actually knows more than we do? Instead of asking, “why did God send down the plagues on the Egyptians”, could we say, “wow, it’s incredible the lengths to which God went to save the Israelites from the Egyptians.”
Yes, some stories are more complicated than that, but what if our questions and comments sought to find the ways God redeemed, blessed, and protected his people? It would greatly alter our readings.
And make a note of this Biblical theme:
In Matthew’s parable on January 30th, a theme of righteous, purposeful inequality will continue. It’s one to think about and check ourselves on. Frequently, when those who have remained righteous see grace offered to someone who has failed or fallen short, they’re outraged. It’s not fair! I’ve been faithful and they haven’t! If we were truly righteous, wouldn’t we be rejoicing with God over the repentant sinner?
“Too much of a good thing can hurt you” is true of God’s holiness too. Check out why:
If you’ve ever read the stories of Abraham and/or Noah, you’ve read about a covenant. You may have read over that part quickly or moved right on to singing “Father Abraham” or looking outside for rainbows, but God’s covenants with humanity are central to our faith and our eternity. Take a few minutes to learn a little more about God’s covenants.