Land of Promise
Happy New Year! And with that we resume the Wednesday Bible study class starting January 11th at 10:00am and 7:00pm where we will examine the land of the Testaments. The Land flowing with milk and honey was promised by God to the Hebrews in the desert. The land became a part of other covenants between God and the chosen people. The loss of the land was a part of the disciplinary actions taken by God for disobedience. The land held significance in the time of Jesus and he often utilized the history and the present situations of the land in his actions and teachings. In as much as this set of classes will be offered as a precursor to the Holy Land trip, it will be for anyone and everyone interested in how the land and specific locations played such a significant role in what we see in scripture. It also plays a key role in what we see in and around Israel today.
On the foundation of what I offered last fall, we’ll be exploring the key pieces of this Land of Promise from the perspective of both the Old and the New Testaments. Specifically each class will focus on one location or one area. Each of those locations are a part of the itinerary of the Holy Land trip and will be designed to help participants understand the significance of those places. They include: God’s covenants regarding the land, the Northern Kingdom that would become Samaria and Galilee, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River Valley, Bethlehem, Jerusalem including Golgotha (the place of the crucifixion), The Dead Sea, and then God’s new covenant with us and our roles in the midst of this land. We’ll be exploring maps, examining history, examining theology (faith seeking and definition and understanding) as related to this region of the world, politics then and now, and various stories that are located in these regions. I’m excited to be offering this both as a class and as preparation for the trip. Let me know if you have any questions, would like to see the itinerary of the trip, or want the early bird outline of the study. Everyone is invited to attend the study. The more the merrier. Again, Happy New Year.