Have you ever felt like there was a disconnect between history in the Old Testament and what you know of Jesus? Listen as Steve Hall digs into the History writings of the Bible (1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Chronicles). Together we’ll discover that the History writings in the Bible give us a sense of God’s character and what His desire for His people is and how it all connects back to Jesus.
History and Jesus
Speaker: Steve Hall
Date: February 3, 2019
1. Samuel & Saul: God Doesn’t Just Work Through Plan A
● God doesn’t force Plan A, because He desires relationship, not dictatorship
● God doesn’t abandon us to our Plan B, He works through it
● God never turns His face away from us, even when we turn away from Him
2. Lessons from David: Plan B Prevention & Rescue Plan
● God promises to establish His kingdom forever through David. David’s line leads to Jesus.
● Despite his mistakes, David is a “man after God’s own heart.” How?
– Love for God’s Laws
– Thankful & Honest Response to God
3. The History writings in the Bible give us a sense of God’s character and what His desire for His people is.
1. What has your past experience been like reading the History writings of the Bible (such as 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Chronicles)?
2. Have you ever felt like there was a disconnect between history in the Old Testament and what you know of Jesus? Why?
3. Think of the portions of Israel’s history we’ve covered in recent weeks. (Abraham. Moses. Samuel. Saul. David.) What’s your reaction to the number of times that God’s people seemed to turn away from God’s Plan A for them? Why do you think this happened?
4. Think about this statement: “God wants relationship with His people, not a dictatorship over them.” How do you respond to this? What’s encouraging or discouraging about this statement?
5. In the history writings of the Bible, God’s people often go with Plan B. If you’re comfortable sharing, talk about a time when you went with a Plan B of your own. What did you discern about God during this experience?
6. God called David a “man after His own heart.” Thinking of the 3 attributes Steve spoke about that David and Jesus displayed, how can we be “after God’s own heart?” How can this help us avoid or find our way back from our Plan B Moments?
1. STUDY: Using some of the ideas explored during the sermon, read the story of Solomon in 2 Chronicles. Take note of the events and how Solomon did or did not act as David, a “man after God’s own heart.” How did Solomon display (or not display) the characteristics of Faith, Love for God’s Laws, and Thankful/Honest response to God?
2. PRAYER: Use a Psalm of David as part of your prayer time each day this week. Take note of the language of Thankfulness and Honesty David uses when talking to God. Jesus responded to God the same way. Following this template, choose something to express thankfulness to God for. Also, give yourself permission to be honest with God about something that’s bothering you.