Narrative of Scripture
Derek Leman of Messianic Jewish Musings used the phrase “Biblical Narative” a number of weeks ago. This got me thinking how much had changed in the Church in the last 10 or 20 years. When I was growing up most Christians knew or where at least aware of the Biblical Stories right from Genesis to Revelations. But now we are seeing a generation of believers who are becoming, for want of a better word, “Biblically illiterate”.
As a Child I loved the stories of Scripture. Whether they be Noah, Moses, Joshua, David etc. As adults I noticed have become less and less important. If we are honest most adults love stories as much as Children. And it is from these stories that we learn our theology and doctrine etc not from dry 3 point sermons. Our God is great story teller and He loves telling His children stories and we should love listening. Over the years I have listened to 1000’s of sermons. Some have been average, some good but only a few have been what I would call GREAT. One such sermon that I can remember for being Great was by Sunder Krishna (Ravi Zacharias’ Brother-in-law). Why was this sermon great? It was great because it was simply a story. He told the story of the Life of Jesus through the eyes of Simon the Zealot.
There is a child in all of us that craves for these types of sermons. Not every preacher can manage this but we should at least try.
There is nothing wrong with theology and doctrine etc and we all should learn and know about them but to fully grasp what God is trying to say to us we need see the full picture. We need to read the story. The next time you sit down to read the Bible, read it as narative. Don’t read it to get a thought for the day, or some theological point (these will come but should not be our initial aim). Read it simply for the story and reawaken a love for the Bible that you once had when you where a child. After all Jesus said that we should become like children. Didn’t He?