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July 2014

Me (Teacher): “What did you observe about David in 1 Samuel?”

Brilliant Bible student: “Goliath’s not a giant pickle!”

Our Psalm One Bible Study can range from kids in their teens to folks over 90. Teaching the Bible to people who grew up on Veggie Tales adds a whole new dimension of understanding and hilarity.

In the RVTV (Revised Veggie Tales Version), Dave (Junior Asparagus) goes into battle armed only with stones, a sling, and his faith in God, while Goliath (Giant Pickle) dons boxing gloves. The battle is short: Dave slings a stone at Goliath and hits him between the eyes, sending the Giant Pickle falling to the ground in defeat. Realizing their loss, the Philistines panic and run away, while the Israelites congratulate Dave for his victory and his faith.

Some of my students may explain Biblical truth using vegetables and silly songs, but they know the narrative, the main characters, and the main points! And that is wonderful. I am constantly amazed at the insight and depth of the twenty-somethings in the Bible study. They are faithful, hungry, teachable, and they actually read and remember the huge chunks of Scripture I assign in their homework.

So few believers know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. We may be in church, have a verse-a-day calendar, and even read books about the Bible. But very few of us actually have a biblical grid of the entire Scripture through which we filter and interpret the world and its words. Often our theology comes from verses pulled out of context, blogs, inspiring status updates posted on Facebook, and whatever passage is (hopefully) taught during the sermon. And those are all good, but few know the Word. Most believers’ understanding of Scripture is a cut-and-paste mosaic of bits and bytes, what they’re told to believe, and a reliance on their three favorite verses. And most are content with this easy method.

Scripture interprets Scripture, so we need to look at passages in context. We are placing our New Testament knowledge in the context of the Old Testament background. We are putting the outer edges of the puzzle together so we see how the parts fit into the whole. As the more we study, the more we find connections, themes, and eternal truths. I have studied the Bible since I could read, and I feel like I am just scratching the surface. The Word really is living and active. (Hebrews 4:12) I often read a powerful passage, only to think, “Hey, that wasn’t there before! I don’t remember this. Did you add that just for me, God?”

It takes time. It takes digging. It’s hard to do on one’s own. How many of us have started Genesis January 1, only to bail out somewhere in the desert in Leviticus? Me! But working through it as a family, we are learning together with so many excellent insights contributed and quite a bit of laughter. Who knew the Book of Numbers could be hilarious?

Come join us as we study asparagus and pickles.

Blessings,

Linda