We now have three services every Sunday–8:30, 10:00, and 11:00am.
1. Remember the main character.
The story was written primarily to tell us something about God, not necessarily the people in the story.
2. A description isn't a prescription.
A description of what they have done isn't a prescription for what we should do.
3. When in doubt, zoom out.
This story doesn't stand alone. It's part of a bigger story, which is part of the even bigger story.
1. When in doubt, zoom out.
The laws recorded in the Old Testament are actually embedded in a story. They weren’t written to you.
2. A description isn't a prescription.
The Old Testament describes the process of Israel receiving the law. The laws aren’t prescribed for you.
3. Remember the main character.
When understood in their cultural and historical context, the law can teach us about God’s wisdom and character.