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Old Testament Stories

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Wesley A. Kort explains why we often sell them short:

Generally we hold narrative to be optional, to be a matter of taste rather than of necessity. We may even disdain narrative as a form of discourse more suited for children than for adults or more for ancient and otherwise under develop people than for the educated and sophisticated. As modern and enlightened adults we have the strength to view our world as it is without the illusions and comforts of narrative wholes. We have little patience for narrative and are tempted to press for an enumeration of facts or a set of clearly and sharply formulated ideas.

Also:

Eugene Peterson challenges Us:

Why is the story so often dismissed as not quite adult? Why, among earnest pastors, is the story looked down upon as not quite serious? It is ignorance, mostly. The story is the most adult form of language, the most serious form into which language can be put. Among pastors, who have particular responsibilities for keeping the words of Scripture active in the mind and memory of the faith communities, an appreciation for the story in which Scripture comes to us is imperative.

And:

David C. Deuel, in (Frequently Asked Questions about Expository Preaching)

Using Old Testament narrative only to illustrate New Testament teaching, however, results in ignoring much Old Testament instruction that may serve as background for New Testament theology, or else as teaching not repeated in the New Testament. Creation, law, and covenant are in Old Testament narrative which, if ignored or used for illustrations only, will create many problems of biblical imbalance. An adequate theological framework must included the whole Old Testament (“2 Timothy 9;16, All Scripture…”).

I’m currently reading:  The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative by Steven D. Mathewson

Just a note We are all called to be witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Our Lord and Savior.

On the Road to Emmaus: Luke 24:13-35

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

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It is by the Grace of Our Great God that He has called Us to service

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