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Lesson 1 Day 3

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Wednesday, May 22, 201

Suggested Scripture Reading:

 

(a) Overview for the day: Acts 8: 26-40

(b) For question #1: Psalm 91:1-4;Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 31:9-10; Hosea 11:1-4; John 10:14-15

 

Questions for Reflection

 

1. How do symbolic images help us better understand God’s relationship with his people? (see the readings listed above)

2. How is it that both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are considered the inspired Word of God for Christians?

3. What are the obstacles, fears, or doubts that you experience in your efforts to read and reflect on the Bible. Check the blog posting entitled, “Feeling some resistance?”

 

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Reply Thomas David McMurray
5:58 PM on May 25, 2013 
1. How do symbolic images help us better understand God?s relationship with his people? (see the readings listed above)

These are beautiful, rich images of God and the way he relates to his people. They serve at least two purposes for me. First, each portrays a vivid and tangible way that God loves us. These images help us get a sense of aspects of God?s love that is always beyond our ability to fully grasp. Secondly ? each image captures a unique aspect of God?s love for us. Where one image may not capture our imagination, another will. It is a very rich way for us to hear and know God?s great desire to care for us in every way.

2. How is it that both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are considered the inspired Word of God for Christians?

As Jesus explains to the disciples on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion (in Luke), everything in the Old Testament points to and sheds light on what happens in the New Testament. Both books of the Bible are the work of men inspired and motivated by the same spirit of God, the spirit that raised Jesus to new life.

3. What are the obstacles, fears, or doubts that you experience in your efforts to read and reflect on the Bible. Check the blog posting entitled, ?Feeling some resistance??

Two obstacles stand out for me. First, the Bible is a huge book and thus a daunting endeavor to undertake. Secondly, there are some books of the Bible that seem to very dry and unengaging ? not very relevant to my life or the current state of the world. I am looking forward to a this study program to provide a structure and resources that will help address these issues and make even those parts of the Bible ?set my heart on fire.?