Whirlwind Bible History
To open this 3-Day study, we’re gonna’ do some whirlwind Biblical history. You ready?
Let’s start at the beginning. The Trinity. Our God is “us.” He’s three, and yet he’s the shamah—our God is ONE. As the Old Testament unfolds, we see many glimpses of our Trinitarian God acting within the story, but none quite so clear as in the very moments when all of humanity rebels the most.
For example, in the days of Samuel, all the people came to Samuel, and started complaining about the leadership style of their “unseen,” Triune-but-One God. They asked for a good-looking “visible” King to rule them. They wanted what all the other nations had.
Samuel relents, and the people get their King—Saul; though God clearly demonstrates his sadness at their request in 1 Samuel 15. Nonetheless, even in light of humanities’ treachery, God remained faithful. In his extraordinary wisdom he brought about Samuel to anoint a new King. At the time, Samuel was known as a prophet, priest, and as a judge (their equivalent to a king at that time). Samuel was ONE man, and yet operated in THREE offices—prophet, priest, and king. God was going to preserve his Trinitarian image on earth despite human rebellion.
Though the people wanted one “Senior Leader” (not a good thing, p.s.) God continued to lead his nation via a Triune/Multiplicity leadership model of Prophets, Priests and Kings. Each of these offices, to some degree reflects how each member in the Trinity interacts and relates in community and completion. This carried all the way through into the ministry Jesus, where he united, once again, all three of those offices together in Himself as the ultimate Prophet (Mt. 17), Priest (Heb. 4:14-16), and King (Mt. 21:1-11). The New Testament remains consistent in exalting Jesus as ONE, and yet under the Father’s will, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus works his ONENESS nature out in the MULTIPLICITESS nature of a church body with many gifts. We even see a shadow of the Trinity in the Triune offices of the New Testament in the Elder, Deacon, Deaconess (Trinitarian) model of leadership.
What does this have to do with Artistic Community you ask? Well, thanks for asking. We’ll get to it in Day 2. For now, we want you to read through a few passages concerning the time of the rebuilding of the temple. Nehemiah (the kingly-type), Ezra (the priestly-type), and Haggai and Zechariah (the prophetly-type) are all called together to work on this creative artistic and massive work. We’ll consider why in Day 2.
*For further reading in the Bible: Ezra 1; Ezra 3; Ezra 7; Nehemiah 1; Nehemiah 2; Zechariah 1
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