The Bible often interjects a mini-story into the “big story”. This is why we love the deep end because we can get a little bit deeper into the structure of the Bible and the way the Bible narrates. People oftentimes have trouble understanding the Bible. In ancient Hebrew, the writing standard was to embed a story within a story—a personal story into the larger narrative. There are other stories in which we see this happen such as with Joseph where the story of Judah is interjected into the narrative. This is how the Hebrews tell stories. They want to drive the point home to the reader. They want to help you get in the story.
Chapter 25 of first Samuel departs from the conflict between Saul and David to tell the story of Nabal and Abigail who fall into the larger point of 1 Samuel. This is the Bible’s way of saying we have framed for you a bigger picture of the Kingdom of Saul contrasted against the Kingdom of David. Now we want you to ask the question where are you in the story?
Key Verse: Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Theme: The test of your heart is administered in your wallet.
Scriptures Studied: Matthew 9:38 ; Ephesians 4:18 ; Romans 1: 20-23 ; Psalm 122:1; Matthew 6:12 ; 1 Samuel 25; 1 Samuel 15:12 ; 1 Samuel 1:9-28 ; Romans 10:17 ; Matthew 6:24 ; 1 Timothy 6:9-10; Matthew 6:19-21
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
Kingdom of Saul | Self-Absorbed and Insecure | Passing Away
Kingdom of David | Self-Less & Dependent on God | Arriving
Recognize the Following:
Questions to Consider:
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Why do we always emphasize the death of Jesus and that “Jesus died for our sins”, especially to new and non-believers? Why don’t we emphasize some of the other aspects of Jesus quite as much, for example, “Jesus came to show us how to live”, “Jesus came to teach us to love each other”, “Jesus came to bring us back to God”… what is it about His act of dying that is so significant compared to all of the other amazing things He did?