In which the crowning glory of creation is brought to life.
In which God speaks good things into being.
In which we are introduced to the Hero of the Epic Saga.
In which there are no Once Upon a Times...
Hosea 1.1-3; 6.103; 11.8-9; 12.6; 13.4-6; 13.14; 14 We all have that one friend who insists on being with someone who isn't good for them. You know the one, she cries on your shoulder time after time or he can't hold a conversation with you without having to leave the room to phone and fix … Continue reading 13. Hosea:Coming in Love
Daniel 6.25-27; 7.13-14 East of Eden is a beautiful phrase. It is poetic and yet loaded with significance. When Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden they travelled east. Travelling east of Eden simultaneously holds within its brief syllables the deep, inexpressible sorrow of exile and the rich hope of heading towards that place … Continue reading 12. Daniel: Coming to Deliver
1 Chronicles 5; Isaiah 7.14; Matthew 1.18-25 Apologies for my tardiness, I've been working. Adonijah did not succeed in his bid for his father's throne. Instead, his brother Solomon was named heir. The first thing I remember of Solomon was a bearded, rather regal looking man in a children's picture Bible. He held a naked baby … Continue reading 11. Solomon: Coming Among Us
Psalm 18; 1 Samuel 18.7-9; 19.10-11; 2 Samuel 12, 15 We all know David for his heroic defeat of the slightly intimidating giant Goliath but his trials didn't end there. Saul grew jealous of David's popularity, so jealous that he planned to kill him. He then spent the rest of his life chasing David around … Continue reading 10. David: Coming as King
Ruth (particularly 2.1-12; 3.6-14; 4.1-15) One of my dear friends thinks of Boaz as a sort of biblical version Mr Darcy. Personally I think at if we are going to assign fictional characters to historical ones then he is more of a Mr Knightley in manner and temperament. No one seems to notice that it's Ruth … Continue reading 9. Boaz: Coming as Redeemer
Joshua 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.15-22; Hebrews 2.5-9 Moses' sandals were hard ones to fill. Then again, the reason the Joshua was filling then and leading Israel into the Promised Land was that he had been faithful and Moses had been disobedient. Even the great ones aren't perfect. As my esteemed history professor once noted, all men … Continue reading 8. Joshua: Coming to Conquer