My church did not meet for Bible study last night on account of the snow. We may not finish the series that we have been going through: The Unbreakable Promise: God’s Covenants with Abraham, Moses, and David, with Michael Rydelnik. My pastor and his wife will be away the next couple of weeks (after this coming Sunday), so the group will not be meeting the next two Thursdays. And the pastor wants to begin a new series for Bible study right after he gets back: he’s thinking of The 24 Hours That Changed the World. He wants a series in March-April that is appropriate for Lent and Easter, and that is one option he’s considering.
My pastor said that he could lend out the Unbreakable Promise
DVDs to anyone who wants to see the last lesson, the one that we most
likely won’t cover. I may take him up on that. I would like to watch
that last lesson and blog about it, as I have done for the previous five
lessons. The Unbreakable Promise is probably my favorite
Bible study series that my church has done. I don’t always agree with
Michael Rydelnik, but he does mention possibilities that I have never
considered before, and just wrestling with those possibilities is
rewarding in itself. I have a book of his that I will be reviewing
soon: The Messianic Hope: Is the Hebrew Bible Really Messianic?
There, Rydelnik challenges an interpretative approach that exists even
among many evangelical scholars, one that interprets certain passages in
the Hebrew Bible as unrelated to the coming Messiah, when traditional
Christianity has largely regarded those passages as Messianic. I tend
to side with the perspective that Rydelnik critiques, as I sympathize
with historical-criticism and the more literalistic schools of ancient
Christianity and Judaism. But I will be interested to see how Rydelnik
goes about making his arguments.