Lesson 1: Story and History
Who doesn’t like a good story? Do you remember the good ole days when there was an actual plot to every TV show (or if you go far back enough Radio Show) program? Close your eyes and try to imagine the movie industry before CGI, Special Effects.
If you are younger than I am that might be hard. But here is the beauty in life, thousands of years before the creation of modern media devices like the iPad, TV, Radio and DVR God gave us the Bible.
Replete with stories, some with happy endings and others that read like tragedies, the Bible is full of stories inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
A smart person (Sis. Ellen) once said that we have nothing to fear as long as remember the way God has led in the past.
Moses is dead.
Joshua long buried.
After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel Judges 2:10 NIV
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6 NKJV
A slippery slope. A sad progression of events, but when stories are forgotten people develop their own moral compass as it was with the Israelites.
Compromise is slippery and sweet. Can you see its mark on your actions today?
Samson, Joseph, Rehoboam, Job, Samuel, Saul, and David. Kings and Princes, Wealthy Men and Strong Men. They represent the good and the bad, the wise and those full of pride. Some have portraits in the hall of faith and others have portraits that serve as a cautionary tale.
What would your plot read like today if you were to enter into Scripture? What portrait would your choices paint?
Gehazi, Salmon, Abiathar, Baruch. Barely mentioned, less known, background characters, take your pick and call them what you may. The fact remains they have a place in history and so do you. Some helped further the cause of Christ while others stained His legacy.
Each life, however inconsequential it might seem on a grand scale, matters. You have been placed in your surroundings to impact a dying world for Christ. The task is yours, not your pastor’s, elder’s or mother’s. What say you?
So join us as we journey deeper into the lives of some background characters of the Bible. Learn from their mistakes and triumphs and use this to draw closer step by step to the one who defines life and commissions us in His story.
Happy Sabbath y’all