CHOOSING TO CO-LABOUR WITH GOD
Entering into the story…
The Christian mind is the prerequisite of Christian thinking, and Christian thinking is the prerequisite for Christian action. – Harry Blamires
Read the passage linked below and imagine the scene as if you were a movie director working with the characters. Often, we do not enter scripture with our humanity intact and we do not dignify the characters we find there by giving them their humanity in return. The goal of Lectio Divina is to meditate on the scene we find there and allow the characters to speak to us by vividly imagining the scene as if we are standing there physically too. Ask Holy Spirit to make the scenario come to life as you read using all of your senses to visualise everything in the scene…
Exodus 31:1-10 – The Calling of the Artists to Build the Tabernacle
God was doing a new thing by giving the Israelites a divine communication tool in their midst as a direct connection to Him. This device was like a laptop with a Skype connection that could be folded up and packed away as they moved from place to place in the wilderness. As the pillar of fire by night or cloud by day would lead them, they would pack up and move. God’s presence would move with them.
How was the tabernacle to show the presence of God as He met with Moses or the High Priest between the cherubim over the ark of the covenant? How does this show God’s presence? His authority? His providence? and His commitment? The camp was set up with the tabernacle right a the centre of the community. This theme of temple has been there from the garden to the tabernacle, to the first and second temple, and on into Jesus who refers to Himself as a temple , and finally then into the modern day church or body of Christ.
How was the tabernacle a joint project between Trinity and Humanity? Made by human hands to God’s blueprint? How does this mirror creation? Imagebearers? Creative calling? This is one of the first times that God anointed and the Holy Spirit came to rest on human beings to achieve a task. Bezalel, was probably only a teenager, perhaps 15 years old. Oholiab could have been his father. How does this generational relationship help Bezalel? How do you think Bezalel and Oholiab were feeling gong into this call of God on their lives? Intimidated? Excited? Overwhelmed? Perhaps all of the above? How does the tabernacle become an immersive, interactive multi-sensorial educational tool for the Israelites? Again this mirrors creation in that everything God has given us is meant for good, but we can choose to abuse it. Worship is use and idolatry is abuse of a good thing. How does the tabernacle differ in a profound way from all of the surrounding nation’s idols?
1) Prepare: Close your eyes, breathe, focus your mind, and ask God to enter into this time of prayer with you. Ask God to speak to you through this image.
2) Lectio (read): Open your eyes and scan the image. Note what draws your interest, but continue to scan the whole image. Close and rest your eyes a minute.
3) Mediatio (meditate): Open your eyes and let your eyes be led. Focus on just the part of the image that caught your eyes and name it. Close your eyes, seeing that piece of the image in your mind.
4) Oratio (pray): Open your eyes and look again at the piece of the image that caught your eye. Allow it to bring forth a word, image, or emotion. Close and rest your eyes.
5) Contemplatio (contemplation): Open your eyes and gaze at the whole image. What is God speaking to you today through this image? How will you respond to Him? Spend time processing that with God. Pray or journal about it.
When you look at the this graphic, what do you see? What does it mean? Do you agree with it? Does it make sense? Discuss or think about how it makes you feel. Then, after a few minutes click to the next tab…
Now look this graphic. Which do you agree with more? Why? What is the same and what is different? What do you think has changed between the two. Compare and contrast the two graphics and decide if you think Christianity is a Realm of Life or a Way of Life? Why do you think that way? Which do you prefer? a REALM is a small part of life, a WAY of Life is ALL of life. How can the Realm of life mentality cause us to shrink into a “Panic Room” Mentality. Watch this video and consider the difference between the two images – Realm vs. Way of Life.
Embodied Spirituality in Practice
A DISCIPLINE OR PRACTICE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR LIFE.
INSPIRATION AND PRACTICAL APPLICATION FROM A CREATIVE
DISCOVER HOW YOUR OWN NATION SHOULD IMAGE GOD
This is a chance to express yourself creatively. Perhaps something in this part of the timeline has challenged, excited or inspired you. You may want to think about how your could express that through drawing, writing, painting, filming, designing or photographing something to share with others here at creativeimagebearers.com.
So write a haiku, poem, song or create a piece to express yourself and share it with us!
Every nation on earth should image God, we all have national anthems and flags that symbolise the best about who we hope to be. Often reality is less inline with our ideals, Do some research of your national history and show how your nation has moved toward or away from God over time. Highlight good things and bad things in it’s history and keep in mind the story of God’s people in the Bible. How did they both keep and fail God’s call on them? Sign up and Create a Timeline here for your nation.
Final Take-Away to give context…
PROVOKE THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS…
od was not done creating at Creation v 1.0. He wanted to join with us in another whole level of Creation v 2.0. This is where we are invited in as Junior designers and given authority to rule and reign over our small domain even while God keeps the whole Universe by holding it all together (Colossians 1:15). It is amazing that God gives us such power to impact on this human project. There is no sand box where we get to play with things that don’t matter much, God is giving us free reign within our limits. This is where we get thankful that each of us is limited, finite but gifted. So if we do evil, it is limited by our energy levels, short lives and that we can only be where our body is at any given time!
ou cannot not communicate Everything that God has made communicates Who He is; Since we are embodied, most communication is non-verbal. So in the same way our communication reveals not only our image bearing ability but also the depths of human depravity as a result of the fall. We move toward God and away from God through our Creations. We discover the atom and then build an atom bomb. We have incredible creative power and that power blows up in our face often. Yet, God does not remove our creativity or our imagebearing. His goal is not to eradicate us like vermin to solve the problem of sin. Instead He is going to redeem us as His Human imagebearers and restore us as the pinnacle of His creation by becoming one of us and fully human in Christ, yet without sin.
o you see the goodness of God as He enjoins us to bring beauty, order and abundance? Can you also see where we desperately need healing, deliverance and resurrection life? We are failed imagebearers who are not getting any better. Technology and humanism will not save us, if left to ourselves it only accentuates the problem… We will need a saviour from outside the system to come in, diagnose the problem and with discernment enact a solution. How will God redeem the whole world without annihilating us? Our humanity though good is a double edged sword and is capable of despicable evil.