We are over a quarter of the way through “The Story” and what a great eight chapters it has been so far. We’ve seen many spiritual characters from Abraham to Moses. Each and every person so far has had an important influence on many through their miracles and gifts, all given by the One Creator. But after all of this Gods people have lost faith once again and gone to worship other Gods. It’s time for a reunited faith, but who will be the next in this long line of Gods servants to spark the revolution…
This chapter speaks of 2 men: Gideon – the quiet weak-link in the community and Samson who #bulks #gains and #liftsbro, and is clearly the strongest man in the pack. And yet he uses both these opposites to conquer nations for Him, because if there’s one thing we’ve learnt so far, its that God can use literally anyone to do His work.
Following on in our series of blog posts of The Story comes another chapter and definitely one of the most violent yet. Moses is now dead and it is time for a new leader to step up, one with his own goals but remains with the same Godly heart of his predecessor. So who will it be? Who will be the next commander that is taken under the wing of the one supreme Admiral? The one who will finish the journey to the much awaited Promised Land? Let’s find out!
The title of this chapter kind of says it all as to what it’s about. The people have left Egypt, and have been given the hope of a Promised Land by God, but for the time being all they are doing is wandering.
And, like most humans do, they got bored, impatient, and tired of this so-called promise God had given them. And like that classic joke, “What did the grape say when it was stepped on?” – the Israelites let out a little wine (bah-doom-cha).
We are back again with another blog post for the reading plan of The Story. So God has just saved these people from a life-time of slavery and sadness, and…well, now what? Chapter 5 is the sequel to the story we all know well, and shows what happens next in the journey of God’s people out of Egypt.
Chapter 4 of The Story begins... In Goshen- the place where Joseph and his family had settled to escape the famine. They were given great honour and taken care of well due to Joseph's position in Egypt. Goshen was God's way of preserving his chosen family/nation... They were kept together in one place, safe, secure, happy. However as they multiplied and the generations passed the next Pharaoh didn't remember how Joseph had saved Egypt, and what debt was owed his family. And as Joseph had long since passed away- it seems remembrance of him died with Him. Now the Egyptians viewed the growing family of hebrews as an internal threat! Who knew when they might rise up against them? So instead of treating them well, they turned on them. Made them slaves. Life was very hard for God's people now. But despite this, their numbers kept multiplying!! (as God had promised they would!) This only made pharaoh fear them all the more. This led him to start murdering baby boys that were born.
Joseph goes through really, really hard low points, but he also goes through really amazing high points (and then low again, and then high, and then low…you get it). But the one constant thing that remains is his faith and trust in his relationship with God. Not only are high’s and lows something we all experience on a daily basis, so we can connect with Joseph’s testimony, but our relationship with God is able to be a constant in our lives, so remember to use this application into your own life as you read through this chapter.
Enjoy Chapter 3 in our reading plan of The Story!
Family Feuds, tests of faith and - wait, who's 100 and pregnant?!
Welcome to part 2 of The Story reading plan we are doing as XS community! This insane chapter followed through the story of one super important family in the Old Testament.
I don’t think I’ll be alone in admitting that at times, it can be a bit of a struggle to read the bible. I struggle to choose, first of all, where to start?! There’s 39 books in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament – that’s a lot of choice! Secondly, as an incredibly impatient person with the attention span of a goldfish, I struggle to keep my focus on what I’m reading...