Redemptive Thrillers

How familiar are you with God's redemptive thrillers? Perhaps this is not a category of biblical literature that is familiar to you. If this is true, you are missing out on something special. These thrillers actually do exist! They are found in the compelling narratives of the Old Testament.

Psalm 78 urges parents and the church not to hide the truth of God from your children. If these narratives are not presented with the drama and action with which the Holy Spirit wrote them, then God's truth is hidden.

You must learn the context of the great stories presented in Scripture. Are you filled with wonder and awe at how God, throughout the Bible, rescued his people as they trusted him in faith? The biblical narratives don't speak of human super-heroes who were almost flawless. The Bible speaks of flawed people, just like you and me, who at critical moments lived by faith because they loved God. People like this find themselves dramatic circumstances. The stories that tell us of these times are nothing less than redemptive thrillers!

Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Rahab, David, Solomon, Hezekiah, and Jehoshaphat all had obvious lapses of faith, but their lives that must be retold to our children. Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Deborah, Josiah, and Ruth lived in faith so that we could follow their example. Then there are the stories of those like Amnon, Absalom, Rehoboam, Jonadab, Joab and Jehu where the stories do not end well. Their stories must also be told.

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