Wednesday, August 25, 2010

From Ur to Egypt and through the Red Sea

We witnessed the garden of Eden debacle, saw Cain kill Abel, learned about
the Fall and the Flood and the Tower of Babel. We made a map of the room to
get a feel for how far Abram walked and where Eden was supposedly located.
We now have a feeling for where the major empires, Assyria, Babylon and
Persia reigned. We saw Joseph taken to Egypt and then watched in horror as
Israel was in slavery for 400 years. We saw a cocky Moses humbled for forty
years in the Midian Seminary for leaders. And then we learned how the 10
plagues were a direct attack on the gods and goddesses of Egypt and then
crossed the red sea. We ended at the 10 commandments. It has been a busy
week!

We are also doing a version of the walk thru the bible with hand motions and
the pastors are loving it. But what has really encouraged them is seeing
the bible as a whole, with the focus being Jesus Christ. Through every
story and in every character, Jesus Christ is leaping off the page. I'll
leave you with a great summary of how Jesus is the "better" by Tim Keller...

"Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them
the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." Luke 24:27

"Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and
whose obedience is imputed to us.

Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood
now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave
all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void not knowing wither
he went to create a new people of God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father
on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham,
"Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son
whom you love from me," now we can look at God taking his son up the
mountain and sacrificing him and say, "Now we know that you love us because
you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us."

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice
we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us
up and discipline us.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king,
forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save
them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people
and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God's
justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then
intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.

Jesus is the true and better David whose victory becomes his people's
victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn't just risk losing an earthly
palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn't just risk his
life, but gave his life to save his people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that
we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect,
helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He's the true
temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true
sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.

The Bible's really not about you - it's about Him."

(quoted by Tim Keller at a Resurgence 06 seminar entitled "Preaching the
Gospel")

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