In the beginning…

Yesterday I invited you to take 8 minutes or so of your day and watch the Bible Project’s video on the literary design of Genesis 1, the creation story. One of the voices on that video belongs to Tim Mackie. On the Bible Project website, he is introduced as follows: “Tim Mackie is a writer and creative director for BibleProject. He has a PhD in Semitic Languages and Biblical Studies. He wrote his dissertation on the manuscript history of the book of Ezekiel, with a focus on the Septuagint and Dead Sea Scrolls. What a total nerd! He is a professor at Western Seminary and served as a teaching pastor for many years.”

Tim is one of the founders of The Bible Project and does amazing work. Today I offer you a chance to take about 45 minutes of the day and listen/watch Tim in his role as a teaching pastor presenting on Genesis 1.

It is a far more detailed introduction to the Creation story than yesterday’s post. But Tim’s purpose is larger. He argues that you have to understand the beginning of the whole story of the Bible to understand the story that leads to Jesus. So, make an investment in your understanding of the greatest story ever told.

He weaves a wonderful, insightful image of God creating and ordering the world as a home for humanity to rule. Created in His image we were meant to rule in His name…but…we wanted to rule in our own name. The result is the home meant for us all is like your favorite restaurant. Such great potential but is not being well managed. It slowly “runs down” to the point the restaurant needs a sign, “Under New Management.” The “new management” is Jesus – but the basic framework of the entire biblical story is outlined in Genesis Chapter 1.

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