In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at various times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also, he made the universe. Hebrews 1:1-2
Hebrews 1 emphasizes that God spoke in various ways and at various times. God speaks to people through different literature genres (writing types). The Bible includes history, poetry, biography, letters and commands.
Pastor Jeff Manion explains God speaks differently through each genre. Narrative tells about how God created the world, the unique place of humankind in it and his relationship with Abraham and his decedents. Poetry expresses deep emotions associated with being human and choosing to follow God. Old Testament commands demonstrate God’s holiness and character. New Testament discourse helps us understand more about Jesus, and how to live in light of his life and sacrifice for us.
The fact that the Bible is a library of different genres isn’t just a detail scholars discuss or fun trivia to know. It’s a beautiful picture of how God longs to communicate to us in various ways for us to understand and relate to. Not only did our God speak—but in specific ways, for us to relate and find meaning with him.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Listen to the song, Seeds. Reflect on how the God of the universe speaks in ways we can understand and relate to. Then make a plan to plant God’s Word in your heart regularly. One way is to continue to develop roots based on God’s Word with Beyond the Weekend and the 2022 Bible Memory Practice.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.