I have created a song that I hope to post on here, both the lyrics and a video. Fingers cross, I get brave volunteers for this. But before the song comes the story.
Rewind: I am in my first year doing bachelor of teaching and one of my subjects is Biblical Theology.
So here is the biblical story:
What do you think about when you think of the ‘bible’?
Here are a few that comes to my mind:
surprisingly interesting at times
written by many authors all of whom were inspired by God
God as the author of all the human authors behind the bible
But what if I told you that instead of 66 books, it was one book, and instead of many authors, it was just one author?
Biblical theology is seeing the bible as one story. This is a long story. Another word for a long story is a meta-narrative.
Imagine the bible, as a drama, like a play. like a Shakespeare play; a bit hard to understand but not impossible to comprehend. And it rhymes so you know it’s true.
There are six acts in this play:
God is the creator of the universe. The earth is his masterpiece and he is the artist. Imagine that the earth, as beautiful as it is, only God’s footstool.
He also creates man and woman. They’re called Adam and Eve.
Now, I won’t go over this too in depth in this post but yes, God created the sun (a star) on one day and the stars (the ones you see at night) on another day. Get over it. Again, yes, God created the serpent/satan. He didn’t create satan originally as satan but as an archangel named Lucifer. Did God create evil? Well, everything God created was good. So no, God didn’t create evil. But if evil is synonymous to devil then guess what? The devil IS a created being and that is GOOD for us. More on that later and now, because of ‘saying’ a horrible word, I must say a ‘nice’ word in double the amount.
Love, love, love, Jesus, love, hope, God, love, love.
Ahh, I feel so much better.
Moving onto, act two:
Fall from grace, fall from our relationship with God. Also, the animals fell too. So all of creation fell with the humans. (wolves and sheep used to be able to lay side by side and one day, they will again).
Act three: Israel
This is a long act and then there’s an intermission in the play. *sips tea* *chats with a few aristocrats* *checks the time*
This act includes:
Noah, Abraham, Moses, David
I will go over this act in another post. Yes, this one has a separate post all to itself. Act three, I think, is actually what makes the old testament, not outdated or old but actually useful and ‘surprisingly interesting’.
act four: I will also post two posts, one for act four and another for act five.
Act four is: our Redeemer is born, grows up, lives, dies, rises up from the grave, and then ascends into heaven.
Everything I said is true but I am aware I’m not doing Jesus or the story justice. Be patient. I have two hands because my feet can’t be used as hands, unlike a monkey.
Act five: The church
Spreading the Good News everywhere and to all corners of the world. I’m not ashamed of the Gospel. The Good news is for the dead. You know, that kind of stuff.
Act six: New creation
I love this title because there’s a church in Singapore called New Creation Church (NCC). I love it so much. I gave my life to Jesus at this church. And I had said the Sinner’s prayer many times before and since, but that day in 2015, was the day when I said to myself, “no more apologising for my sins. After this prayer, I am a new creation. I live as “Ching Ern Yeh”, and I thank God every day after today, for forgiving me. I don’t ask for forgiveness again.”
And I meant it.
That is true grace.
Not cheap grace either.
But the story doesn’t end there. There’s a sixth and final act that is yet to come. Jesus, our king will return one day. When that day comes, God will ascend from heaven and live among his people. I’m so excited to be sharing what I know about biblical theology and the biblical story. One post won’t do it justice so watch this space for more posts on this.
Here’s a short video of Pastor Prince’s vision for this year (From NCC)
Drama of Scripture, 2014, Bartholomew and Goheen