Archive for September 19th, 2013

Band Bible Study: Genesis 1 and Others

Tonight was the first “real” meeting of our marching band Bible study, and it was a lot of fun. It’s really good to talk to people my age about the Bible and our faith in general, and something I’ve missed out on for a great deal of the past two or three years. We started our discussion going around and telling everyone how we were, and then started at the very beginning: Genesis 1. Reading through a couple of major parts of the creation story, we were specifically looking for ways the reading revealed things about God.

One of the things we discussed is how, even at the very beginning, there are hints of the Trinity. In Genesis 1: 26, God says “Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness.” In my study Bible notes, it says that we cannot be sure to whom the “us” and “our” is referring to, and that it may be to God and the angels or may be the first mention of the Trinity. I think it is probably the latter, because it was God who was making the first humans, not, as far as I can tell, the angels. This passage took us on a tangent (there were many of those) about the Trinity, leading to John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…”

Also stemming from that section was a discussion on what it means to be “in the image of God.” We cannot be sure what God “looks” like, but the fact that he already loved us enough to make us like Him is pretty amazing, and that’s the only way I can think to describe it. This reminded me of something I learned at summer camp a couple of years ago about the Hebrew vocabulary used through the creation story. While translated simply as “good” (as in “And God saw that it was good…”), the Hebrew “tov” describes something that is not just good, but perfect, beautiful and fully functional. And that’s how God saw all that he created, especially us humans.

We also talked a bit about sin, and what God thought about it. There were many views, but I thought I’d share what I think. Obviously, sin is not the fault of God, but it is nonetheless a huge part of our spiritual lives, and that is our fault. While many people may blame Satan for human mistakes, I think that he only provides the temptation to us, and we, being imperfect after the fall, love to give into that temptation. But we don’t need to worry about that, because God has saved us by giving us Jesus. We shouldn’t deliberately go against His will, that would be like saying “thanks Jesus, but here’s some more that I need you to clean up for me,” but we can also rest assured knowing that we are saved if we have faith in Him.

Which brings me to my last point. I forget exactly how this came up, and I know that I am going to mention it in a couple of days when I do my own study of Colossians 3, but one of the Bible study leaders and my section leaders, L, brought up a verse I really liked: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3: 3) I had heard this verse before, but L put it in a different way that made a lot more sense to me. Like hiding in a bush, where people trying to see us will see the bush first, when we believe and die to ourselves with Christ, He hides us in a similar way. Instead of seeing all of our shortcomings and sin, he sees the “bush:” himself. And that is why we are saved. It isn’t because of any good deeds we have ever done, but because of Jesus’s sacrifice for us. That’s always a great thing to be reminded of, I think.

Well, that’s all I can think of from tonight. I’m actually surprised by how much I wrote. We’ll see if that’s typical for Bible study nights, but something tells me it may very well be. I always learn more by talking with other people and hearing their ideas about faith and the Bible than when I am reading simply for myself, and that makes me all the more excited for next week’s meeting.

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