Christian Scriptures Week 2
Christian Scriptures Week 2 REL 1310
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Christian Scriptures 29 August 2016 Noah “The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth” (6:5) “But Noah found favor in the Sight of the Lord” (6:8) How do our readings present Noah? What does Noah Represent? What is his significance? Beginning anew with Noah Noah’s name means relief, rest o “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the toil of our hands” (5:2829) In deciding to unmake what God has made, God decides to begin again with Noah How does this new beginning recall God’s original purpose for creation? God’s Covenant with Noah First of a series of covenants that we will see in this course What are the features of this covenant? o God delivers all creatures into humankind’s hands for food (9:13) o Can’t eat the blood though (9:4) o Death penalty for taking human life (9:56) o Covenant is with the whole of creation (9:817) Christian Scriptures 31 August 2016 The Call of Abram God turns to one man and his lineage Abram and his lineage is central to the Christian Scriptures That lineage will become the people of Israel, from who will come the Messiah, the Christ Is the turn to Abram a narrowing focus from universal to particular? Covenant with Abram What does God ask Abram to do? “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you” (12:1) o Echoes God’s call in Genesis 1 for humankind to fill the earth and have dominion o Echoes God’s gift of the land of Eden to Adam and Eve in Genesis 2 to till and to keep o Note the contrast with the Babel episode (Insecurity vs security, gift vs possession) Covenantal promises Gift of land (12:1; 15:721; 17:8) “I will make of you a great nation” (12:2); “Your descendants will be like the stars” (15:5; 17:46) “I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing… in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (12:23) *Adam, Eve, and Cain denied responsibility of sin, but God is giving Abram a second chance for humanity by putting the responsibility on him* Note the reiteration and renewal of God’s purpose for creation Genesis 1 and 2 o God makes provisions of a land o Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth Name changes from Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah (17:38; 1522) The sign of the covenant is circumcision: “So shall my covenant be in your flesh an everlasting covenant” (17:914) What is Abram/ Abraham’s response? Christian Scriptures 2 September 2016 Exodus Means a going out: Genesis centers upon creation of world and election of Abraham. Exodus is about creation of the people of Israel 400 years later; Abraham’s descendants of multiplied and are now in Egypt Where are we in terms of the fulfillment of God’s promises? God’s promises to Abraham and his heirs o Gift of land (Gen 12:1; 15:721; 17:8) o “I will make you a great nation” (Genesis 12:2); “Your descendants will be like the stars” (Gen 15:5; 17; 46) o “I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing…in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Gen 12:23) o Where are we at the beginning of Exodus? o Families are fruitful, but they have no land, they are oppressed, and they have not become a blessing to others “I have seen the misery of my people” Who are God’s people? “I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6) Biblical tradition consistently affirms that Israel was made up of twelve tribes (see Genesis 49:129) The tribes are named after the twelve sons of Jacob o God appears to Jacob and blesses him and tells him his name is no longer Jacob but Israel (Genesis 35:9) “I have seen the misery of my people” God’s response to the damage sin does is mercy What is mercy? Misery, necessity (miseria) and mercy (Misericordia) are connected Cor/ cordis is Latin for heart When you add heart (cor/cordis) to situations of misery then you have mercy (Misericordia) Mercy is love shown to those in need – when someone’s heart is moved to willingly bear the misery of another Mercy is a particular kind of love God goes out to the misery of God’s people in slavery o Exodus 2:2324 o Exodus 3:78 What is God liberating the people to do? o To worship (Exodus 3:12, 23; 4:31) and offer sacrifice (Exodus 3:18) “I have seen the misery of my people” Who is the God revealed in Exodus? Exodus 3:6, 4:5 “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14) YHWH, God’s personal name, is derived from ‘tobe’, ‘to exist’, ‘to come to pass’ (John 8:24), (John 8:58) mentioned the naming of God again later in John
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