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Concerning Genesis 12

As I was writing my update yesterday, I remembered that I haven’t actually done one of them yet… That is, blog about my daily Bible Reading. Now I remember making this resolution before (actually it was a little more rigorous: blog every day about my Bible Reading) and it didn’t work. Mostly because it had to be my own thoughts and stuff. But I’ve resolved that I won’t fail again this year. So I’ve got to simplify it a little. And since WordPress added a bunch of new features that I want to try, I’ve decided I’m not exactly going to blog my own thoughts only about my Bible Reading, but do things like post quotes that I like and stuff.. And so here’s the first one, on Genesis 12…

This passage, Genesis 12, marks a turning point in God’s unfolding plan of redemption. From now on, the focus of God’s dealings is not scattered individuals, but a race, a nation. This is the turning point that makes the Old Testament documents so profoundly Jewish. And ultimately, out of this race come law, priests, wisdom, patterns of relationships between God and his covenant people, oracles, prophecies, laments, psalms-a rich array of institutions and texts that point forward, in ways that become increasingly clear, to a new covenant foretold by Israel’s prophets. (D.A. Carson, For the Love of God Vol. 1, p. 10).

I am an Old Testament scholar. At least I like to think of myself as that. And this quote, I think captures exactly why I love the Old Testament so much. Don’t get me wrong. I love the New Testament, too, especially the Gospels, which tell the story of Jesus, and the Epistles (especial Paul’s) that work through the implications of The Gospel in our daily walk. But, the Old Testament, in how it points forward to these things, hold a special place in my heart. I love nothing more than reading through the stories, and prophecies, and poetry, and all the other genres of literature that’s found in it, and seeing how Jesus is foretold throughout.

Sermon Text: The Word Became Flesh (V1)

This is the first version of my sermon, The Word Became Flesh, preached at Fellowship Filipino Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC on August 15, 2010. Text is from John 1.

I’d like to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to share withyou today… Especially about something that is very near and dear to myheart – the Reliability of the Bible. Now there are of course manyways of looking at how the Bible is reliable. Often quoted is theverse from Second Timothy 3:16…“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, forreproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

It is one of the classic texts to talk about the reliability ofscripture because it is talking about how Scripture was “Breathed outby God”. Which is another way of saying that the Bible is reliablebecause it is inspired by God. In fact, Inspired by God is a commonway of translating the Greek word behind this English phrase. Anyway,while this is of course very true, this verse and Biblical Inspirationin particular isn’t actually what I wanted to talk to you about today.What I wanted to talk to you about today is an often overlookedquality of the Bible, which is that it is rooted in History. Thingshappened, someone remembered it, and under God’s guidance – or,“Inspiration”, you might say – he wrote it down. And now, manythousands of years later, these things are preserved for us to readand learn from.
It’s an incredibly simple truth, but it’s one that, actually manypeople really do not think about.

Yes, today, I want to speak about the historicity of the Bible withtwo particular points in mind: Number, 1) The history recorded in theBible is reliable. And Number 2) The Bible itself as ancientliterature is historically reliable.
I am first going to talk about these two text, and then I will move onto our text for today, found in John 1:1-14, and see how thehistoricity of the Bible is ultimately reliable because of thehistoricity of the one to whom the Bible points… Jesus! The WrittenWord reveals the Living Word, and the Living Word gives authority tothe Written Word. It’s a little circular, I know. Kind of like thechicken and the egg. But I hope, at the end of all this, that you willgain an appreciation for history in general, and really begin to seehistory a little bit like I do. I’ll talk a bit more of that later.
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