Monday, February 20, 2012

Falling in Love With HIStory!

We are in the middle of a series on understanding the Bible at South BrandonWorship Center and the Sunday Night Remix Church.  The following is an outline of the initial message, entitled Fall in Love with HIStory “The Story.”  Thank you Pastor Chuck and Pastor Brian.

1.  HIStory is about Him!

To understand the Bible you have to realize that it is about God.  The story of the Bible begins with God. The Bible is about God’s nature, his character, and his love.

Gen. 1:1  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Really emphasize the first four words. “In the beginning, God” It is all about Him.  No need to use it as a form of proof.  The statement establishes that God is.

Ps. 8:1-5  “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens…when I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?”

2.  HIStory is about Us!

The Bible is also the story about man.

Gen. 1:26,28  “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in our image, according to Our likeness… God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.”

Note, that it says, “Let Us” That points to the involvement of all three persons of the Trinity in the creation.

At the end of each day, God said it is good, it is good, it is good.  With the creation of man, he said it is very good.

Gen. 2:15, 17 “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden to work it and watch over it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat it, you will certainly die.”

Here is a thought.  He had an apple tree.  He had a pear tree.  He had a banana tree.  He probably was near an orange grove.  He had access to mangoes.  Adam, why did you let Eve hang out near the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Yes, HIStory is about us, and more often than not, we know how to mess things up.

Gen. 3:4-5 “You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman.  ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We all know in every good story their has to be a villain.  With us, there is Lucifer.  He was the most beautiful of the angels, yet he was jealous of God.  In his hatred, he feel bringing 1/3 of the angels with him.  God loves man, therefore Lucifer/Satan hates man as well.

This story was not about the fruit.  It was about man, abandoning God.  Man had a choice, and we chose sin.  Eve ate the fruit.  Adam followed.  They chose to sin, then they ran to hide from God.  Today, we choose to sin then we decide to run and hide from God.  How often do we use the phrase, did God really say.

3.  HIStory is about Him Restoring Us!

Despite the tragedy of Gen. 3, there is hope.

Gen. 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Satan and his demons will war with humanity.  But the child will crush you.  That was done on the cross.  The greatest rescue operation ever.

            Why is it that man has this desire to rescue someone.  God has put that in us.  Because created in the image of God, we are a shadow of his nature.

Man still has problems.  In the OT, God rescues the children of Israel, but they constantly complain.  God raises up judges, but man continue to do things his way, not God’s way…see Samson.

Then God raises up kings.  First, Saul who fizzles out quickly.  Then there is David, a man after God’s own heart.  Except his problem with Bathsheba.  David is followed by his son, Solomon who possessed wisdom and had a great start, but even with him, things fell apart.  And after Solomon’s death, the Kingdom is separated.

Through this time, God raises up prophets, trying to steer His people to Him. But for the most part, they ignore Him.  Then God’s people is in exile.  And after a period of time they return to Israel… but then there is silence.  No prophets.  No voice from God.  400 years of silence.

Then the silence is broken.  A man in the wilderness, eating bugs.  John the Baptist.  He talks about preparing the way of the Lord.  Then, Jesus shows up on the scene.  And he performs miracles.  But he is really on a mission of restoration.

Jesus is a King, but he is not the king that the people were looking for.  He went from being exalted to being condemned (crucify).  He hung on the cross for 6 hours.  Everything went black.  For several days everything is quiet.  But then Sunday morning comes.  Jesus reversed everything that happened in Eden.

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