Pastor John’s Devotion’s – Bible Stories For Grown-ups – 216

07/29/15 – 216

New Name Day Part Deux! Let’s try this one – Thanks for the feedback on the ‘Not Yer Mmfff’s’ (mumble, mumble) and, I really would appreciate feedback, ideas etc on this one, or suggestions for others. The idea is to find something that will catch someone’s eye as they Google around, and hopefully interest them enough to read some.

So, let’s get down to business.

Job 21:13-15 They spend their years in prosperity  and go down to the grave in peace.

14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.

15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?’

The premise is that although it’s really not uncommon nowadays for people never to have heard what us old-timers consider the basic Bible stories that we learned as children. It’s not surprising if you consider that it’s become socially acceptable not to attend church, and let’s face it – that’s where most of us learned that stuff. Another sad but true fact is that even among regular church attenders, talking about Christ, teaching children about the Bible at home is now a rarity.

The other part of the problem is that even for those who were taught those basic stories (like Noah’s Ark, Samson, Abraham and Isaac etc) we were never really told the whole stories. They were, by and large, very simplified and sanitized for little ears or to avoid controversial subjects. We wanted our heroes to be HEROES!

The reality is that they were people, like you and I, with flaws and problems just like us. And you know what? I think God included those stories in His Word, the way He did, so that we could learn some very real lessons from them – not just so we could have cute skits to do with the kids (who incidentally, figure out at some point that either these people weren’t human, or there’s something wrong with the stories). At that point, many will simply lose trust in the Word, and their faith simply erodes. They decide Christianity is indeed based on nothing but a bunch of ‘fairy tales’ that we call the Bible.

Then of course, we have the other group that thinks because they know the stories as they learned them as children; they’re good to go. They don’t need to dig any deeper, study more, or whatever. In fact, digging too much may be a sign of doubt, which of course means you’re faith is weak and/or you are sinful. So we accept no matter how much or little sense things make, and defend our ‘knowledge’ to anyone willing to let us rant. Also not good.

In this new study, we’re going to take some deep, and often disturbing looks at some of the old familiar (or not so familiar) stories. We’re going to try to discern what God has to teach us through them – but we can only hope to do this by looking at reality. We’ll coax some of our heroes off of their pedestals and examine them – warts and all. And as we do, let’s pray that the things we learn from every one will bring us closer to our magnificent God – our covenant partner.

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