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slowly peeling back layers of the most amazing book ever written

slowly peeling back layers of the most amazing book ever written


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slowly peeling back layers of the most amazing book ever written






Sermon on the Mount (SM): The Radical Kingdom and Its Unlikely Recipients (Matthew 5:1-12)

Summary Jesus' life was notorious for offending, displeasing, and angering those around him. He was different. He had a different way of viewing the world. And, he said some pretty radical things. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) serves as a compilation of some of Jesus' most radical teachings in one place. However, the shock value of his words are not limited to the original audience alone; we soon will see the values of Jesus run counter-cultural to many of our own. Talking...


010. Why Abraham, What Is Righteousness & How Does This Point Us To Jesus - feat. David Russell (Genesis 12)

Summary Why is God going to bless Abraham and his family. The last line of God’s promise makes that clear: so that all the families of the earth will find this blessing in you. This is a key component to understanding the rest of the biblical story. This is the key to unlocking the door moving forward: God’s plan is to rescue and bless his rebellious world through Abraham’s family, and this is why the whole rest of the OT story is just going to focus on the one family; eventually called...


009. The Climax of Genesis (Genesis 11)

Summary God comes down not to inspect the scenario, but to thwart it. His method is perhaps surprising: he will confuse their language. Why not simply topple the tower? Because that would solve the problem only temporarily. Towers are replaceable. Even if the people did not build another tower, they could choose another equally presumptuous project. The solution must go deeper than that. It is not the tower that must be done away with, but what makes possible the building of that tower—an...


008. Why Did God Send The Flood?

Summary For many today, the idea that the Bible is good, beautiful, and loving crashes against moments in the Bible of violence, judgment, and bloodshed. We find ourselves asking questions like, “How could a good God send a flood to destroy the earth?” Without a good answer, these questions should keep us awake at night, rattle our confidence, and make belief seem less believable. The problem is that many often don’t seek out good answers; many would rather walk away from these intense...


007. Dead Man Talking (Genesis 4)

Summary Two brothers come to worship God. Neither offering is inferior to the other. Regardless, one offering is accepted over the other. What follows is embarrassment that turns to anger, that quickly turns to murder. Perhaps the silence is the message itself. As outside viewers, we are unable to detect any difference between the two brothers and their offerings. Perhaps the fault is an internal one, an attitude that is known only to God. Talking Points Woman Elevated To God; Keeper of...


006. The War Between The Seeds (Genesis 3:15)

Summary In the narrative there is to be war ; the two sides represented are the two seeds (of the snake & of the woman). Though wounded in the struggle, the woman's seed would be victorious. How will that victory come about, and what will the long, treacherous journey toward victory mean for humanity? Talking Points Humans are Trees; The Failed Humans; The Ideal; Abraham's Blessing; The Shoot From Jesse; Isaiah; Jesus the Messiah; Romans; The Tree of Life; The Cross References The...


005. The Failing Of Humans (Genesis 3)

Summary The world you and I live in is not the world God created it to be. I am not talking about dinosaurs. The story opens with God confronting chaos and disorder to bring order and beauty in creation. Humans are formed and appointed to participate in God's divine rule of the universe. As his representatives, humanity can choose to trust God for wisdom to rule, resulting in blessing for the entire world. However, the humans choose to define good and bad on their own, which begins a...


004. The Tree of Life & The Tree of Good and Bad (Genesis 2)

Summary The choice of the tree is often not between what is good and what is bad. Rather, the choice we often face is between what is good and what seems good. In this week of The Bible Peel, Payton and Tracy discuss the two trees in the center of the Garden of Eden: The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad. Talking Points Significance of Trees; The Tree of Life and The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad; The Choice; Tav vs. Ra; God's Wisdom vs. Our Wisdom; Suffering and...


003. A Day of Rest (Genesis 2)

Summary Why the need to abstain? Obviously it wasn't because of tiredness! God's resting from creation teaches us that as human beings created in the image of God, we too need to make time for rest and purposely abstain from interfering with creation one day of the week. The passion to create can sometimes be dangerous — especially for a technological society that prides itself on its ability to create, manipulate and control the world around it. Talking Points Significance of 7; Sabbath;...


002. The Idols of God (Genesis 1&2)

Summary In the ancient world, specifically the Ancient Near East, to be made in the image of God was a depiction reserved for only two things: idols and kings. When Genesis uses this phrase, “image of God” it uses the Hebrew word selem for “image.” You might be surprised to learn this, but selem is often translated as “idol” in our Bibles - “the idols of God.” Talking Points Community of God; God's Idols; Subduing and Dominion over Earth; Ruling and Reigning on God's Behalf; Restoring the...


001. From Chaos to Order (Genesis 1)

Summary Genesis is one of the most abused books in the Bible. In episode 001 of The Bible Peel, Tracy and Payton will begin peeling back layers of this extraordinary book! Talking Points Summary of Genesis; Reading With Ancient Eyes; House vs. Home; Chaos to Order; Tohubohu; Sabbath Rest. Links/References Genesis For Normal People - Peter Enns & Jared Byas The Lost World of Adam and Eve - John Walton Adam as Israel - Seth D. Postell The Pentateuch as Narrative - John H....