Binge Reading the Bible: Historical Books
Seven Sundays this summer, from July 7-August 25, 2019, we’ll follow a worship series called, Binge Reading the Bible.
This series takes its cues from our social obsession with binge-watching shows on Netflix and instead focuses on reading large chunks of the Bible all at once.
As we continue our series on Binge Reading the Bible, we’re looking at the large genres of scripture. There are so many different types of material in the Bible: letters, poems and hymns, prayers, laws and rules, parables and so on. The historical books chronicle Israel becoming a nation as well as a people with a religious identity and a distinctive faith. Here we have some of the most exciting stories in the Bible, like David and Goliath, Samson, and the battle of Jericho. But through all of its history, Israel’s greatest battle seems to be around faithfulness to God. The nation often falls into idolatry, with kings and leaders who worship fertility gods, violate the covenant and lead the people astray. In an agricultural economy, the promise of the competing fertility religions to provide abundant crops and rain was undoubtedly attractive and tough to resist. Like the other nations around them, Israel wants a king. But the larger issue is that God is the true leader of the country, the one deserving of our ultimate trust and loyalty. That issue is still prominent in our lives today. Dependence on earthly kings and political leaders is fraught with all kinds of trouble, as we know only too well. These historical books of the Bible cover many hundreds of years, but a recurring theme is about how to return to God. When we drift from God, we find that life is more of an uphill battle. We try to make decisions on our own. We focus on what is best for us often to the exclusion of the needs of others. We’re more susceptible to influences in our culture that are damaging or toxic, judgmental, short-sighted. Perhaps a large lesson from these historical books of the Bible is how to return to God and to recognize how God has faithfully guided our lives. When we learn and re-learn how to put our focus back on God we always discover better ways to live and to love. Sunday we worship the God of the ages, who also holds our future in such good and caring hands.
You’re encouraged to follow the 48-day Bible reading plan. Start today; it’s not too late!
Dave Summers, PhD
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