Romans 8:18 says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. Anticipation” for the Christian is like the oyster that takes that little sand of irritation and produces a pearl. While every Christian can acknowledge that not all is right with the world, we are at the same time developing an “anxious longing” even an “eagerness” for what is to come. Join us this Sunday as we learn to lean in to this eager expectation of what is to come.
knows deep down inside that everything is not all right, there exists a prayer for the Lord to return quickly.
The Story of the Old Testament is a story that is full of anticipation. “Anticipation” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as “a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen :the act of preparing for something”. Anticipation is the feeling and knowledge that the absolute and utter failure of the past is opening up and ushering in the future promises of a better future. God wants to bring about His will through mankind but the serpent is there trying to undermine God’s will.
Do you ever notice how Genesis (and the whole OT) anticipates something Better? Much BETTER! Creation Anticipates God’s interacting with His creation. Adam and Eve being removed from the Garden because of sin anticipates the recreation of the Garden Eden in the form of a movable tabernacle under Moses. The flood anticipates the Rainbow. “The Stories of Genesis anticipate the Law and its regulations. The moral failure of Noah and especially Lot, prepares the reader to understand the importance of the Law.” (Hess p49) Already by the end of Chapter 10 of Genesis mankind is so out of control that without God's intervention all hope would be lost. The Bible is a story of God's intervention within the human condition. God is always at work making "All things New", join us this Sunday as we discover how.
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