A manual,history,rule book, a story, religious document, or just something to dismiss all together.
How do we ascertain what the bible is in our own experience? Is it the story that creates a lifestyle? Does history create a lifestyle? Does God have “a People” to call? How does a God interact with His people? Does the historical story be used as an example to be duplicated? Is this Jewish God for anyone else? Is it for believers or non believers?
So many questions to answer about a book. Where do you start to find the answers?
My journey has led me to two revelations that cover this subject. One, blank slate, don’t start with any pre-conceived ideas of what it is. It is,what it is, you will see it as you go along reading it from beginning to end(this is the way to read the bible, no bits and pieces or a daily dose of it). Second, study it,(this means referencing all associated material available, this is a jewish story,so much understanding of who,what,when,where, and why about the jewish life is needed) this should be the only parameter that should be used in seeing the story unraveling before you. But noticed that this is about a called group,people,community.
Try this method out, and tell me how it is going with your journey!
That is how it always starts in those good ole stories that you would hear from a your grandparents or the neighborhood story teller. He would start with the scenario that it was to far back for you to remember the story or that they were trying to sound good with an authority of assurance.
They would always catch you with opening line of the story to get your attention. After all it was the beginning of the story, this is where the story grabs you. It was the premise of the story that everything else is built upon to set the story on track.
So as the premise in the bible as a story told to you from your parents. The beginning is the foundation of the story, it is the actually the end told at the beginning. It is key to understand this moment of the story to understand the rest of the story.
The scenerio of the God’s Creation is what it is supposed to be as God created it. God’s creation did not cooperate with his design, so this changed the beginning of the story, but the intention of God is still the same.
God’s fellowship with his creation,together as one identity.
So this too will be the end of the story, God will be faithful and complete his creation in the end of the story.
Our understanding of this is the key to seeing all the story in the middle with God’s work and faithfulness!!