Greek Things 4-Week Dialogue

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Part I
Things in a Funk

Part II
God Image, Greek Image

Part III
A Tarnished Image

Part IV
Bride Gone Wild

Part V
Divorce is Not an Option

Part VI
Pursued From Heaven

Part VII
Pretending and Accepting

Part VIII
Restoring The Image

Part VIIII
Fairy Tale Ending

Part X
Your Story Within The Story

 

 

Part IV

Bride Gone Wild


Keep in mind that every good story has a problem, a solution, a climax, and a resolution. Think of your favorite book or movie. It probably includes the elements above.

So, even though our ancestral parents blew it, there is a solution coming. We can be sure of that. However, it's starting to seem hopeless because many years go by before God seems to act.

Our first ancestors not only blew it, but made babies who blew it. And those babies made babies who blew it. At one point, there are so many people blowing it that God decides to hit the reset button.

This is where Evan Almighty (a.k.a. Noah) comes into the story. Remember Noah and the big boat? God brings the flood and wipes out everyone except Noah and his family... and the lovely pairs of animals.

Over time, the population of the earth gets bigger and so does their sin. And it is during this time when God decides to act, to bring about a solution.

Instead of working with the whole, he works with one group of people. The Israelites. Out of all the "fish in the sea", he chose the Israelites to be his bride. Any romantic would notice that God is pursuing them like a man pursues a woman. It is beautiful. He is simply giving them an invitation to be in relationship with him.

This launched the greatest love story ever told. Not between two people, but between a God and his people. And like any good love story, there is a lot of drama about to unfold.

The Israelites do all kinds of experimenting. They get snotty. Rebellious. They even prostitute themselves to other gods, other lovers.

At this point, divorce seems like the best option. We are pretty used to it in our society, even among Christian couples. With the divorce rate so high, there is a 50% chance that you have come from a broken home. You may have even watched one of your parents give up on the other.

The Israelites deserve to be divorced because they have done the unthinkable. They have left the protection, providence, and love of God for other gods. They physically build idols and worship them.

So, what does God do? Does he do what any average American would do?

No. Rather, he does the unthinkable.

He stays with them!

To him, divorce in not an option.

 

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