The Bible is wonderfully and beautifully constructed and you may be quite surprised at the simplicity of the narrative of the Bible. Read how the whole narrative of the Old Testament and the New Testament is written in the story of a husband and wife, of a bridegroom and bride…the culmination of the story of glory is to reunite children and families hearts in peace.
The whole narrative of the Old Testament is told from the viewpoint of God being the husband and Israel being the wife. Yes the narrative of the OT is that of a marriage and when Israel is unfaithful, the verses depict Israel in very unflattering terms.
Eze 6:9 then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols. And they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.
The whole narrative of the New Testament is told from the viewpoint of Jesus Christ as the bridegroom and the body of Christ [believers] as the bride. Yes even the NT narrative is that of a marriage, and verses in the NT depict this relationship.
Jn 3:28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ Jn 3:29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. Jn 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
The Bible narrative is that of a husband and wife…what about children?
The culmination of all God’s redemptive work both at the end of the Old Testament and the New Testament is to put children and families back together especially by fathers. This is the very last verse in the OT and God is closing the OT with this promise.
Mal 4:5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Mal 4:6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
In this next verse, Jesus is speaking in the New Testament of Elijah and the promise of Elijah’s redemptive work spoken of at the end of the OT and that same redemptive work at the end of the NT.
Mk 9:12 And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt?
6 out of 10 Christian children are walking away from their Church and faith by the age of 15 is almost having the land struck by utter destruction. At 60% we only have another 40% to go.
Children are very important in God’s redemptive story. Is anyone crying yet?
How much utter destruction do we need before we find out that faith is not believing in God, but believing God and trusting Him enough to live out the obedience that faith calls for?
Tomorrow I will talk about what believing looks like in your Church and you will be quite shocked that your Church falls far short…regardless of its size. You will find that these are not my thoughts…the Bible is clear and the truth is easy. God is not a God of confusion. Would God want you confused about programs for the soul of your children? God loves them more than you do. After tomorrow, you will not be confused as to why your children’s programs are not working?
Published on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 4:14 AM CDT