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January 11, 2018

It was a funny week of studying and prepping for me. Initially we were going to address the question of Slavery in the Bible, more specifically, why does The Bible talk about slavery if God is so loving? I had written about 3/4 of a message, when I really felt like the students needed to have a strong foundation on the purpose of the law, and the covenants to better understand God’s purposes in the Old and New Testament. So, I scrapped almost everything, and we spent the night walking through the four Old Testament covenants: Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, and Davidic and then addressing how they related to the new covenant prophesied about in Jeremiah 31. We read all of the covenants and spent a while talking specifically about the mosaic covenant, and the law. Many observations could be made here, but we observed that the law had the purposes of: 1.) Governing the People and 2.) Reminding them of their God. Again, there’s so much we could have talked about here! Then, we talked about how the Old Covenant relates to the New Covenant in Christ, and about why the Old could not be abolished, but had to be fulfilled. All in all, it provided us a really good broad overview of the faithfulness of God throughout the generations, and gave us a renewed perspective on how marvelous it is to be under the New Covenant in Christ, where the law is written on our hearts!

I encourage you to follow up with your kids here. There was a lot that we talked about, and for some, it was the first time that they really saw the Bible as one, big narrative. Ask them if their perspective on the Bible changed at all. Ask them about the purpose of the Old Testament law.

Categories: Pastor Ryan's Youth Update