The Teacher As Harbinger of New Things
Hey, there. Thanks for coming back around after my 2-week break. A lot happened during the last two weeks, but posting here wasn’t one of them. I’m happy to say, though, that I’m back in the saddle. Giddyup.
Teaching Bible stories is so cool. Drama, intrigue, love, revenge, conquest, betrayal, hope, suspense, reconciliation—it’s all in there. And it’s fun to communicate the awesome things God did in the lives of people we’ve come to feel like we know.
But there’s one thing we’ve got to keep in mind as we teach.
Because if we don’t remember this thing, we’re liable to totally miss the point and contribute to a warped faith in the hearts of those we teach. So here it is:
In the end, teaching isn’t just about what God did. It’s about what God is doing.
Check out what God says in Isaiah 43—
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
God’s specifically talking here about the awesome Exodus he accomplished for his people hundreds of years before this. “Forget about that,” He says. “I’m up to something new.”
Sure, God wants us to remember—to rehearse the stories that so beautifully and powerfully communicate who He is and what He wants. But He doesn’t want us to have a faith that exists in the past—a faith that unconsciously assumes that his incredible activity has stopped.
And I don’t think He wants us to be teachers who talk (or people who think) about what He did, and not about what He’s doing.
Those of us who teach the Bible aren’t just re-tellers of what God has done in the past. We’re harbingers of the news that God is up to new things and that those we teach can be a part of them.
Teaching isn’t just about what God did. It’s about what God is doing.