In these early morning hours, as I continue each day to sit down with coffee in one hand and the Bible in the other...I find myself continually to be of two minds: the first mind is experiencing a renewal of connection to God through scripture; the second mind is vacillating between awe and a sense of holy confusion. Through the Bible Challenge, we are experiencing God revealed in scripture on three parallel tracks. We are meeting again the God of the Hebrew Testament, the God who is revealed in creation and covenant. In the Psalms, we are re-discovering just how visceral and immediate our wrestling with the holy can be, how God intersects with us in every possible venue in our lives. In the New Testament, we have walked alongside the disciples through three Gospels-nearly four now and have answered the call of Jesus to follow him, witnessed the agony of the cross and celebrated the resurrection....again, three times now and almost four. You would think, wouldn't you, that in reading the scriptures we would be closer to "getting" God. Really? Not so much.
|Jesus teaches during the farewell discourse|
|the Ark leaves Philistia|