Lord, I Want to Know You by Kay Arthur is one of my favorite studies. (This one is my all-time favorite.) It is a study on the some of the names of God found in Scripture. It is a 6-week study divided up into 42 daily lessons. Each lesson takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. All of the Bible verses are listed within the text of the book which makes it easy to take it along with you to work on during your lunch break, waiting in line for your kids at school, sitting in the doctor’s office, or anywhere that you’d like to make the most of what might otherwise be wasted time. It is not only a great personal devotional but also makes a wonderful small group study. Each chapter ends with a few questions to generate discussion in a small group setting.
However you decide to use it, I encourage you to get the book and work your way through it. It will lead you on an exciting journey that ultimately ends in a deeper knowledge of the wonderful, holy God we serve.
At Precept Camden we are currently studying the Precept Upon Precept Bible study called Covenant: Knowing God’s Covenant. (For more information on joining our study online, click here.) As I’ve said before, it is my favorite Bible study.
The first mention of covenant in the Bible is found in Genesis 6. God makes a covenant with Noah to save him and his family from the destruction of the worldwide flood that He is going to send to destroy the whole earth because of the wickedness of the people. This covenant is confirmed and expanded in Genesis 9. The sign of the covenant was, of course, the rainbow. The covenant was with Noah and his descendants which obviously included his sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Thus the concept of covenant was carried to other cultures as Noah’s sons reproduced and migrated to other parts of the world (Genesis 10).
In his book Peace Child, Don Richardson tells of his discovery of an analogy of redemption within the culture of the Sawi, a Stone Age people of New Guinea. Using this analogy already present in their cultural understanding, he was able to translate the message of redemption through Jesus Christ found in the Bible.
Where did this redemption analogy come from within Sawi culture? Where do other redemption analogies – including covenant – come from in separated and isolated cultures all over the world? They were certainly passed down through the ages from their ancestors. But where did they originate? I believe there is a common thread that goes back to Noah. As his sons spread out over the earth, they took with them the covenant that God made with their father. They took with them the promise of redemption through the seed of the woman (Eve) promised in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:15). They carried with them the knowledge of God that they gained through their father’s relationship with Him as well as the knowledge that He Himself placed within them (Romans 1:19).
Read this fascinating book and see if you can see the common thread that we share with Noah since we are all his descendants. It is a compelling addition to a study of covenant in the Bible.
Here is another symbol that I use frequently in my favorite book of the Bible – the Psalms. I use a red gel pen to make the shape of a lighthouse and then color it in with a yellow pencil. (These are my tools of choice.) Just as the lighthouse is a beacon of refuge for ships searching for safe harbor, so is my God to me.
Psalm 94:22: “But the Lord has been my stronghold, And my God the rock of my refuge.”
For more key word symbols from the Psalms click here and here.