Three Important Words

4th June, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

I was enjoying talking about the God’s Great Covenant series with the young pastor and his wife at the Florida Parent Educators Association homeschool fair in Orlando last week. Then the wife said the three words that I believe are a good description of CAP’s Bible series for children. What are those words? Redemptive … historical … covenantal. So, what do these words mean and why are they so important?

Redemptive … the focus of God’s story from Genesis 3 to the last chapter of Revelation is to point to Jesus, the Savior. God chose the specific stories, the poetry, and the instructional passages to show us how great our need is for a Redeemer and how only Jesus meets this need.

Historical … all the events in Scripture are true and are rooted in history. Unlike other religious books, the Bible tells the truth about the main characters, men and women who are not superheroes but are real people who sin, who have trouble trusting the Lord, and who show how the grace of God makes a difference in a person’s life.  The Bible’s not about myths or legends. It is about genealogies that list real men who lived and died and about historical events that link Israel’s history to the history of Egypt, Syria, Assyria, Babylonia, and other ancient civilizations.

Covenantal … God’s story is one story. God made a promise with Adam and renewed it with His people again and again. Not only did He promise to send a Savior, but He promised to be the God of His people forever. (“I will be your God, and you will be My people.”) As the covenant expanded, God proved His faithfulness to people who continued to be unfaithful to Him.

I enjoyed my conversation with this young couple, and, it was encouraging that they bought a copy of GGC:OT 1. Mostly, it was a good reminder for me of the redemptive, historical, and covenantal nature of God’s story to you and me.

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