We’re progressing through the New Testament quickly, moving from Acts to Romans this week. Let’s pause and take a look at the early church and what they were all about. Were they doing the same things we are doing?
Our vision of who Jesus really is can be dramatically influenced by our traditions and incorrect understandings. Gospel writer Luke understood this, and presents Jesus through the eyes of many various onlookers to discover Jesus the Crucified Messiah.
The narratives of the gospels really present a different type of reading for us, don’t they? Matthew’s gospel, in particular, is very unique in the way he represents Jesus to us. Today we are going to look carefully and read deeply to see how Matthew ties Jesus to the Old Testament story of Israel, bridging the gap between the Old Testament and the New Testament.
After about 8 months of being in the “Year of the Bible,” we are finally about to move out of the Old Testament. The Book of Chronicles marks the end of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is sort of a look back at the story up to now, going back through Israel’s journey from the viewpoint of those Jewish survivors involved in the mostly unsuccessful “return from exile” that we read about in Ezra – Nehemiah.