On today’s episode, we’re going to begin to trace the story of Israel. Understanding Israel’s role in God’s purposes in this world is foundational for understanding Jesus and the Kingdom of God. We can’t just jump from Genesis 3 to the Gospels and think that once we understand the sin problem we can move straight away to the solution, which is Jesus. There is a story going on, and in God’s plan, it was always his intent that a transformed Israel would transform the world. And what we’re trying to do here over these first few weeks is sketch the big pieces of that story. And we’re going to start today with the story of God calling Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3.
Resources for Today’s Episode:
Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. This is one of my favorite books. Wright is an Old Testament scholar, but mercifully, doesn’t write like many scholars. In other words, it’s a relatively easy read, and well worth your time.