Every time you read a Bible story, ask yourself: where else in the text can this story be found? And also ask: how does knowing where this text is coming from help in my understanding of it? The Bible frequently plays upon and expands upon itself. Why is this relevant? A substantial portion of the entire New Testament is written in this manner. Time after time, Jesus uses the Tanakh (Old Testament) as a foundation for what he teaches and the stories he tells.
Join me today as we look at an interesting story in the New Testament which expands upon at least three other stories in the Bible! Is this a story about Paul having a hard time getting from one place to another? Or is there something deeper going on?
As I continue my study of Disciplines for the Inner Life by Michael Benson with my discipleship group led by Bob Chisholm, I am amazed at the depth of the ideas with which I am confronted. This week Bob could not be with us so the three of us met for breakfast at Cindi’s to discuss Chapter 9: Adoration. Until this week I did not fully grasp or understand what it means to adore God, nor do I now, however I have gained insight into a small portion or facet of it.
While we were discussing the deep quotes and interesting scriptures we had read throughout the week, my friend Ted Howard (@TedCHoward) told me something that his father had recently told him, to which I immediately responded “I’m gonna to blog that.”