In this Session we continue to work through “The Identity of the God of Israel (YHWH)- The Instruction of Torah” handout (which is slide number 37 in the link above). We discuss herein the purposed interactions and events of the Torah by which the Creator is seeking to define Himself by. Essentially, in the Torah “God” becomes known as who He is throughout the remainder of the Scriptures. Often times these are processed as arbitrary happenings and their inherent meaning and instruction is overlooked. However, by precision and intentionality the Creator of all things reveals Himself in brutal clarity in the Torah as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–I AM–the Causative agent who is building all things towards His grand plan of redemption.
This is session 17 of the Comprehending the Story of the Bible class.
In the previous two classes we sought to define the boundaries and nature of the so called “playing field” of the Scriptures. We did this through observing the Bible’s worldview. In this class we seek to define the Characters of the Bible’s story, and begin to unravel the thread of how YHWH introduces Himself in the Torah. His interactions with men on the earth in the Torah are the essence of Who God wants to be known as, rather than the standard Greek approach concerned with the what of God’s nature. You will find yourself invigorated to forget past conceptions about God which are untenable, and joyfully approach Him as He presents Himself.
In this second class on worldview (continued from session 15), we work through the Scriptures attached to the heavens and the earth and the implications of the created order. We also end with discussing why earth is represented in the Bible distinctly as mans home– meaning it will be restored!
In this class we take a look at the structure of the sum total of all reality––the universe as we know it––which is the heavens and the earth. Through the observation of this “playing field” in the Scriptures we are able to gain a more concrete understanding of YHWH’s location in relation to the earth, and why He has seemingly gone through great effort to help us understand these things.
Session 14- In this session we examine the words of Scripture, Intertestamental literature, and the words of the early church fathers to see if the the ideas of Chiliasm are valid. We conclude that they are the fundamental basis for understanding time from Adam to today, and give us a sober bearing on the timing of the return of Jesus.
The slides referenced in this class can be found in the top link, while the handout being discussed and read through is the link below it.
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These two session focus on the “two ages” in Scripture: This Age, and The Age to Come. We discuss the characteristics of each age and that the Day of the Lord and the Return of Jesus are the catalyst that divides them.
Session 12- This Age vs. The Age to Come
Session 13 focuses on how the Torah separates Israel’s timelines into three very distinct timeframes. This is the basis for understanding what we see taking place throughout many generations with the covenant people, and what we will see in the future as the Father continues His covenant dealings with Israel.
Session 13- Moses Categories of “time” in Deuteronomy
This session addresses the hope in the great and terrible Day of the Lord– that Israel, man, and the earth will be restored, and all of the nations will come up to Jerusalem to learn the Torah of YHWH at the return of Jesus.