Biblical Theological Themes: Why You Should Come to My Workshop
When we were growing up, my sister and I passed through periods of engrossment with certain topics, like most of us did I assume. She memorized all facts about renaissance history as a child… then taught herself Chinese. I could name every body part of a horse and read college-level marketing textbooks for fun. Then in high school, one season of fandom focused on the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudi’s work was breathtaking. At first, I enjoyed the incredible detail of his art. Then over time, I noticed his series of buildings and statues. The themes he used began to be apparent. I could see his architecture and semi-accurately guess which theme it was because of the common use of arches, geometric shapes, colors, and, well, weirdness. And it makes sense that there would be themes. There was one man creating, and using those same techniques, he was trying to communicate something. He was telling a story and expressing what he thought was valuable and beautiful. Though Gaudi didn’t leave writings for us to understand all of his reasons, there are still hints from his work that there was reason for what he did and a message to be grasped.
Like Gaudi, all of creation was made by a divine Artist who communicated value and beauty.
Like Gaudi, all of creation was made by a divine Artist who communicated value and beauty. That same Artist did provide writings for us to understand him, this world, and ourselves, who are part of his creation. He gave us the Bible.
You see, while there are many human authors who wrote to form the complete edition, there was also one divine Author of the Bible. He spoke, leading the human authors to write, through centuries, cultures, and multiple languages.
Peter puts it this way:
2 Peter 1:21 (ESV)
21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Thus, the Bible is a book to be read as a whole. We must read it that way if we believe that there is one divine Author. And if there is one Author, then, of course, he will reveal themes that progressively teach the story he wants us to understand. Of course, we would need to read not just one section, but read the book in light of the whole. Of course, there would be hints that we could trace into full beautiful bloom from the beginning to the end.
We will trace our fingers across the pages from the beginning to the end to see the lines that traverse our Bibles, tying together at the coming of Jesus.
Of course there are. And we will celebrate these themes in my workshop. We will trace our fingers across the pages from the beginning to the end to see the lines that traverse our Bibles, tying together at the coming of Jesus. This won’t just be an academic exercise, because reading our Bibles never is. Rather, when we grasp the beauty of these themes, we will see how it changes how we then live. Remember the themes of the trees, the king, and the lambs from Nancy’s messages last year? We’re talking about doing more of that, but with new themes to trace.
When you and I read the Bible, we see that it is not just a bunch of stories thrown together, but one story of the world and our hope. Whitney will cover this in detail in her workshop. Even in the Pentateuch, the individual books are not meant to be disconnected from each other and the rest of the Bible, as Katie will teach us. Adrienne will remind you to pause and ask the right questions of the text before deciding what it means. She will also show how each of these tie in with the work of Jesus.
And in my workshop, we’ll remember there is one divine Author who teaches us about his presence, about death, and about many other themes from the beginning to end.
Verity Conference 2016 was held on Oct. 7-8th. For more information on future Verity events, please visit our event page.