The Bible is as much a History Book as it is a Revelation Book. All the events and stories and people recorded therein are historical, factual, and real. “Scholars” and “experts” like to discount the Bible as nothing more than fiction and fantasy, full of mythical tales and legends from times gone by. But the truth of the Bible stands tall and has been proven over and over to be authoritative and accurate in everything it says.
It’s often been said that if you don’t learn from the past you’ll be doomed to repeat it. Such is why every history professor stakes their reputation on the fact that their class is the most important. History comes alive in the remembrance of past lives, hopes, dreams, and families. The same is true of biblical history. In Psalm 78, Asaph recounts a history lesson in the gospel of faith that informs and inspires our own faith.
To be quite frank, from a human perspective, there are portions of Scripture that can be difficult to read. Sometimes it’s hard to get through them; and they become a slog. I’m referring mostly to the genealogies that pepper the Old Testament and preface the New. These listings of “who begat who” are, at first, a chore to read. But when you are made to realize that these genealogies are made to point you to Jesus, they taken on an entirely new meaning.
God’s justification of sinners has rightly been deemed the fulcrum of the ministry of the church. Or, the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls. That being incontrovertibly true, a right understanding of what justification is and how a holy God goes about justifying the unrighteous will shed brilliant light on just how important this doctrine is — and there is, perhaps, no better scene in which to do that than that of Zechariah 3.
Jesus’s parable of “The Good Samaritan” is, perhaps, the parable that has endured the most moralizing by Bible teachers and preachers. The moral of the story has become, “Which neighbor are you?” with the incentive and intention of making “good Samaritans” out of all of us. But was that Jesus’s point? Looking again at the context of Luke 10 will provide some surprising answers.