1 Peter 1:1, 22–2:10
Joshua 24: Before he would lead the people of Israel into the promise land…
- He gives them one more sermon recounting the story of the Exodus:
- The people respond with understanding:
When we read Scripture, are we pulling out two or three principles or are we trying to narrate ourselves into the story?
• We want to narrate ourselves into the story of exile, even though we know exile is not a perfect metaphor.
• Narrating ourselves into the story of exile helps us to read the prophets anew by putting on different glasses.
“Exile is the way to new life in new land.
In the OLD TESTAMENT covenant categories, embrace of curse is the root to blessing.
In NEW TESTAMENT categories, embrace of death is the way to life.
• When we narrate ourselves into the story of exile, God helps us get over our “we” confusion.
How do we narrate ourselves into the story of exile:
• A “spiritual temple” and “living stones” with Jesus Christ as the “cornerstone” (I Peter 2:5-6, CEB)
We are now the place where heaven and earth intersect and from which the glory of God radiates out into the world. (v.9)
• A “chosen race” -
• A “royal priesthood” -
• A “holy nation” -
When we narrate ourselves into exile, we find good news:
“Once [we] weren’t a people, but now [we] are God’s people. Once [we] hadn’t received mercy, but now [we] have received mercy”
(1 Pet. 2:10, CEB).