A God Who Cares For Us: A Reflective Journey Through the Old Testament
“Time and again you offered them covenants and through the prophets taught them to look forward to salvation.” We hear these words at the start of the Fourth Eucharistic Prayer, but what were these covenants?
This series of seven looks at those covenants, beginning with Adam and ending with Jesus, and explore the unfolding drama of God’s love for us as shown in the scriptures.
Each theme is an individual piece of a larger jigsaw. Together, they give the complete picture of salvation history.
In the Beginning — Adam and Eve
What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Where did we come from? We begin by reflecting on why God made the world and then look at the purpose (or purposes) of Adam’s life. The Bible is quite specific about the reasons Adam was made and what his role in the universe was to be. This session looks at God’s covenant with Adam. The purpose of his life remains the purpose of each of our lives.
East of Eden — The Covenant with Noah
After the highpoint of Genesis 2, things go downhill fairly rapidly! We reflect on the sad story from Adam to Noah. In many ways, the rest of the story of the Bible, and the rest of the history of humankind, will be one, long, road back to the Tree of Life, to Eden, and to Divine Childhood. Noah and his family mark a new beginning for the human race. The covenant with Noah brings us hope and is, in a sense, a renewal of the covenant with Adam. The flood is a re-creation, and Noah, the new Adam.
Abraham — Our Father in Faith
We begin with a reflection on the story from Noah to Abraham. The family relationship with God has been broken and to fix the situation God makes a decisive choice that will permanently alter the flow of the river of history and bring fresh hope. We reflect on why God chose Abraham, on the three promises God makes to him, and on the three covenants God makes with him.
Session 3 not available
“Let my People Go!” — Moses the Rebel meets the Holy
David — The Once and Future King
“Thus Says the Lord!” — The Cry of the Prophets
The New and Everlasting Covenant — a God with Skin on!
Audio session 2 (unavailable)