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Painting: Moses Stands at the Burning Bush By Yoram Raanan

We discussed how the Old Testament often provides parallels in the New Testament.


We read in Acts 17:11-12:

“These Jews …… welcomed the message (from Paul) very eagerly and examined the scriptures (OT) every day to see whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed ……”


The book of Isaiah has lots of prophecies that Jesus fulfils e.g. 53 and 63.


Characters in the Old Testament also have a parallel in the New Testament, for example, in Exodus 3, with the account of Moses and the burning bush. God proclaims who he is to Moses, commissions him and then says that he will be with him. Moses’s commission is to lead God’s people out of slavery. Centuries later, God sent his son on the greatest of all rescue missions, to save a lost humanity. Jesus, in turn, told his disciples that he was the Christ (God’s chosen one), commissioned them to preach and promised to be with them. The Old Testament story of Moses is a wonderful parallel for the New Testament story of Jesus.


We continued our whiz through some books of the Bible, sharing their contents and selecting key verses. Verses that act as a summary for the whole book, as selected by Mike Nappa, were shared:


“The Lord raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers. Yet Israel did not listen to the judges …” Judges 2:16-17


“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16


“The Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7


“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.” 2 Samuel 22:2


“Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below, who keeps the gracious covenant with your servants who walk before you with all their heart” 1 Kings 8:23


“And when they gave it to the people, there was plenty for all and some left over, just as the Lord had promised.” 2 Kings 4:44


“Both riches and honour come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone.” 1 Chronicles 29:12


“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. ” 2 Chronicles 7:14


Yet again, William, Claire, Helen, Lindy and Dorothy often selected the same verses as Mike!


We will start our Bible Book Club next week, with the book of Amos. In typical book club style, we will aim to read the whole book during the week and research it if we can, ready to share next Monday. The following week we will read Ruth and the week after that 1 Peter.


www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-book-club/ is one helpful place to go to when researching any book in the Bible.


To join in with the Searchers, please contact barbarabrittain212@gmail.com for the Zoom weblink or telephone number.

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