Exodus Study (pt. 29)
In today's lesson, we use Jesus' parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) as a tool to review the book of Exodus.
The parable of the Ten Bridesmaids is about redemption and reflects the story of Exodus and the common Rabbinic interpretations of Exodus found in the first century.
As with Jesus' other parables, we must pay close attention to the symbols and what they represent.
Understanding these symbols is the key that unlocks the meaning that not only applies to that first-century context but to our own lives.
Exodus Study (pt. 28)
In this week's lesson, we look at the Golden Calf incident found in Exodus 32.
The sin of idol worship - placing an idol or false god ahead of God - is the most common sin for humanity to commit and the sin that Israel will struggle with throughout the Old Testament.
What can we learn about this type of sin? What can we learn about ourselves and why false idols still plague us today?
We attempt to answer these questions and more, as well as the Biblical solution to overcoming the inherent suffering we experience in the world.
Exodus Study (pt. 27)
Exodus 34:6-7 - the divine attributes of God - includes three different words for the types of sin God is willing to forgive.
The Hebrew language has numerous words that denote different aspects of sin - whereas, in English, we tend to use one word - sin - that covers all violations of God's will.
In this lesson, we explore these words for sin and how the Hebrew mind conceptualizes the nature of sin.
How does sin interact with a human being, and what are the ramifications often felt beyond the individual that committed them?
All of these questions and more are addressed in these two verses.
Understanding the underlying Hebrew words - and their implication for the human soul - helps us understand our own walk with God and why we must seek his voice to avoid the many pitfalls that surround us in the world.
Exodus Study (pt. 24)
In today's lesson, we explore the structure of the final fifteen chapters of Exodus and look at how the concept of creation or re-creation is woven into the narrative.
We mentioned in our previous lesson that the final chapters in Exodus are written in a Chiastic structure.
A Chiasm – which gets its name from the Greek letter chi – is a method of helping the reader or listener focus their attention on the main idea that the author intends to convey.
Tonight, we take a closer look at this chiastic structure and what the author of Exodus intends as the turning point.
Within this structure, we find something interesting – creation itself is being revisited.
Building the tabernacle is creating a space for the presence of God to dwell with the Israelites. In this sense, it mimics creation as a dwelling place for God's presence and his people.
As we follow Exodus to its close, we see a motif of renewal, rebirth, or recreation.
God and his people are back together – stepping forthrightly into the future.
Exodus Study (pt. 23)
There is a concept within spirituality known as "Awakening from Above/Awakening from Below."
God's revelation comes down from Heaven, but an aspect of our spiritual growth emerges from below.
When we implement God's commands and become "doers of the word," a lasting transformation takes place.
When we "do," we gain insight. We learn at a deeper level and begin to experience the wisdom behind the command that solidifies our spiritual transformation.
This concept is expressed in the book of Exodus through a literary device called a chiasm or a chiastic structure.
The structure of the biblical text itself shows us the principle in action as the Israelites are transformed into a community where the presence of God can dwell.
Scott Broberg - I have a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Bethel Seminary - San Diego - Biblical Studies with and emphasis on the Old Testament.
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