What do we do with some of the old bible stories? If you spend time reading the bible to your children, especially from a children’s bible, you will notice a great deal of emphasis put on the stories of Noah, Adam and Eve, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace, as well as Samson and Delilah. But if you actually take time to read those stories from the Old Testament, you may be horrified to find out they are not only not child friendly, but often the moral lessons from our children’s bibles are not found in the original stories. The stories play roles in our history as God’s people that often are too complex or challenging to be shared with our children.
So what do we do with these stories, especially the ones that have become broken from our meaning and understanding? Do we toss them aside and replace them with more acceptable stories? Do we take the time to reconnect with the meaning that was there in the first place? Or do we reconnect with the story but finding new meaning in what God was doing at that time? Sometimes it takes a bit of work.
For our Summer series we are spending time with the stories that we have known as a child but never fully understood as adults. This has the benefit of giving us greater understanding and also exploring some themes that we do not often consider as adults; particularly themes about power, about developing in our knowledge of God, and of the path that people have to walk at times to know God. Join us through the summer for this series of exploration of the themes of the Old Testament.