Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This weekend we continued Thy Kingdom Come with the story before the story: the Old Testament. Yes, the whole thing! Are you ready?
Starting with the introduction of sin into the world in the Garden of Eden, the rest of the Bible is the story of God’s rescue operation for a world that has been broken from the result of sin. In Genesis 12 we see the start of that rescue mission when God tells Abram that he has been chosen to be blessed and be a blessing, and that he will be made into a great nation.
Fast forwarding we see that the nation of Israel grew out of that promise, but they were fickle in their devotion to God. They were unhappy with God as their king so they demanded a king “like the other nations,” so God gave them what they wanted. The first king, Saul, was a disaster. The second king, David, was a great king. God made a covenant to David that his throne would be established forever.
Starting with David’s son, Solomon, Israel began a downward spiral. The kingdom split into two nations, eventually getting captured by the Assyrians and lost forever or captured by the Babylonians only to return 70 long years later – all because of their disobedience to God. It was at this point that God began to remind the people of the coming of the Messiah; that all hope was not lost; that the promises that He made to Abraham, David, and others were still in affect. This is the backdrop of “the rest of the story,” which we will continue next week!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 6:7; Exodus 19:3-6; Deuteronomy 7:6-10; Deuteronomy 9:5-6; Judges 2:7-11; Judges 17:6; 1 Samuel 8:5-22; 1 Samuel 12:12-13; 2 Samuel 5:12; 2 Samuel 7:15-16; 2 Samuel 7:18-21; Amos 9:11; Jeremiah 23:5; Daniel 7:13-14; Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6-7
Big Idea: In every story worth telling, there’s a story before the story worth knowing
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