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1 Revelation, Inspiration, and Vocation
The Bible Course, Unit 2 Document # TX001071

2 Divine Revelation From the Latin revelare: “to unveil” or “to disclose” Divine Revelation is God’s self-communication of the divine plan to humanity through: Creation Events Jesus Christ © allangelschurch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/holy-spirit-stained-glass.jpg Review with the students how we know God only through the ways that God reveals himself. Remember, we cannot “find” God; rather, we “find God finding us.” Note how God is revealed in many ways and that the fullest Revelation is Jesus Christ, the Incarnation of God. The question allows the students to rephrase this concept in words that may connect more closely with adolescents. It also gives the opportunity to check for understanding and correct any misconceptions. How would you explain this to a friend?

3 Divine Inspiration The divine assistance the Holy Spirit gave to the human authors of the books of the Bible so they could write what God wanted to communicate for our salvation. © allangelschurch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/holy-spirit-stained-glass.jpg Student response to the question could be formally written in a notebook or journal prior to sharing with a partner or the full class. © allangelschurch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/holy-spirit-stained-glass.jpg How would you explain this to a friend?

4 Vocation The call of all Christians:
to know and love God to share the divine message of salvation with others to enjoy the eternal happiness of Heaven Image in public domain By this slide, the students should be familiar with this question and be able to quickly answer it. How would you explain this to a friend?

5 God’s Revelation to Biblical Figures
Read these passages: Genesis, chapters 40 and 41 Exodus, chapter 3 Luke 1:39–45 © Note an aspect showing Revelation in each story. Share with the class: how the character(s) experience God what God communicates what vocation is given through God’s Revelation

6 Genesis, chapters 40 and 41 Joseph experiences God through dreams.
God communicates the future for the cupbearer and baker as well as for all of Egypt. A connection could be made to Joseph, the husband of Mary, to whom God also communicated through dreams. See Matthew 1:20–21. Image in public domain Joseph is called through the interpretation of the dreams to lead Egypt as the pharaoh’s assistant.

7 Exodus, chapter 3 God offers a theophany (“manifestation of God that is tangible to human senses”) through a burning bush. God communicates that he has heard the cry of the Hebrew slaves and introduces himself as “I am who am.” God calls Moses to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews. The comment could be made that God states his name firmly in the present tense. The well-known prayer states, “As it was in the beginning; is now; and ever shall be ” and God’s self-introduction powerfully identifies with the present. Reference can be made to Jesus’ many “I am ” statements in the Gospel of John. Image in public domain

8 Luke 1:39–45 Mary and Elizabeth experience God through the movement of the babies in their wombs. God communicates the sacred connection between the unborn sons of these holy women. God calls Mary and Elizabeth to participate in his plan by faithfully raising these sons. It is a unique and subtle form of revelation that occurs in the context of the encounter between these holy women. It follows a more direct revelation via angelic messengers to Zechariah (Elizabeth’s husband) and Mary. © campus.udayton.edu/mary/thumbnails/Novo_Quadro_02bt.jpg

9 Stories for Using the “Jigsaw Process”
© cruciality.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/rembrant-jacob-wrestling-angel.jpg © art-quarter.com/beck/joe/aj/1/6/Rembrandt-mother2.jpg Genesis, chapter 32 1 Samuel 1:1—2:10 Genesis, chapter 32: Jacob wrestles with the angel. 1 Samuel 1:1―2:10: Hannah’s prayer 2 Samuel 7:1–29: God’s promise to David 1 Kings 3:4–15: Solomon’s wisdom dream Even though the students may use the “jigsaw process” for these texts, the focus will be similar to the previous exercises. They are to discover how and what God reveals and then what vocation is given to the character(s) in the story. AAAAAAAAAk8/Qfq0JAo2s9U/s400/king_solomons_wisdom.jpg © 4.bp.blogspot.com/_P-2w6S8aGfQ/SYy2zLD9nhI/ © britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/KingDavidTripleHarp.jpg 2 Samuel 7:1–29 1 Kings 3:4–15

10 Genesis 12:1–9 What is the land of Abram’s kinfolk?
Ur (mentioned later in the story) Why does the reading contain both regular text and poetic- type text? The regular text narrates the story, and the poetic text is God’s speech. This might be an attempt to set God’s speech apart from, and above, human action. Image in public domain 10

11 What were the more specific meanings of
Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.) What were the more specific meanings of Blessings and Curses? Blessing Curse A prayer of intention or a plea that calls on the power and compassion of God: to bestow a grace to empower a healing to affect an event through God’s intervention punishment and condemnation by God shaming device condemnation against injustice and crime prophetic warning priestly teaching against idolatry warning to obey a conqueror’s orders Continued from previous slide. *Definitions adapted from the Saint Mary’s Press® Essential Bible Dictionary (pp. 28 and 40).

12 Who are the “persons they had acquired in Haran”?
Genesis 12:1–9 (cont.) Who are the “persons they had acquired in Haran”? - NAB footnote: “slaves and retainers that formed the social aggregate under the leadership of Abraham.” Who are the Canaanites? They are the inhabitants of the land to which God directed Abraham to make his home, originally called Canaan. Canaan is the Promised Land and is also called Palestine. In the Bible, they were called idolaters because of their worship of Baal and Asherah. - Through a series of occupations and wars, the Israelites eventually took over most of Canaan. 12

13 © cruciality. files. wordpress
© cruciality.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/rembrant-jacob-wrestling-angel.jpg Genesis, chapter 32 Jacob, prior to seeking reconciliation with his brother, Esau, wrestles all night with God. Due to his perseverance in the struggle, Jacob is renamed “Israel” for he has “contended with divine and human beings and have prevailed.” God also blesses him. 13

14 © art-quarter.com/beck/joe/aj/1/6/Rembrandt-mother2.jpg
1 Samuel 1:1—2:10 Hannah is unable to bear children, so she prays to God in the presence of the priest Eli. He tells her that God will grant her prayers. Soon afterward she has a son whom she names Samuel. Hannah presents Samuel to God as a Nazirite (“one separated” or “one consecrated”) and offers a prayer of praise for how God has worked wonderfully in her life. 14

15 © britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/KingDavidTripleHarp.jpg
2 Samuel 7:1–29 God, via the prophet Nathan, tells David that he will establish a kingdom and a “house” through David that “shall endure forever.” God promises David that he will always be with David and will never take his love away. In response, David offers God a prayer of deep praise and gratitude. 15

16 © 4.bp.blogspot.com/_P-2w6S8aGfQ/SYy2zLD9nhI/AAAAAAAAAk8/Qfq0JAo2s9U/s400/king_solomons_wisdom.jpg
God appears in a dream to Solomon, David’s son, and says, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.” Solomon replies, “Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” God is pleased that Solomon did not ask for a long life, riches, or revenge against enemies. Thus God gives Solomon “a wise and understanding” mind. 16

17 Revelation in Our Lives
The students should spend a fair amount of time reflecting on these important questions in their notebooks or journals. © How can I, or how have I, come to know God?

18 God’s Call to Every Individual
© 2.bp.blogspot.com/_jCtbCw5H-rk/SALDv2bi87I/AAAAAAAACSs/W63HmeUiTgc/s400/discernment.jpg A discussion about the different vocational states (single, married, religious life) could be held here. Vocation is not simply an external call that invites the individual to do something specific; rather, it also involves the internal “unfolding” that occurs when an individual grows in his or her relationship with God; recognizes his or her own unique talents, interests, skills, and passions; see the needs of the world; and discovers ways to connect his or her life in service to God by being of service in the world. As Aristotle states, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” God calls individuals into relationship with him by using their unique gifts and talents in his service. This process of using gifts and talents is known as vocation, from the Latin vocare, meaning “to call.” It is a function or station in life to which God calls us. 18

19 God’s Call to Every Individual
© 2.bp.blogspot.com/_jCtbCw5H-rk/SALDv2bi87I/AAAAAAAACSs/W63HmeUiTgc/s400/discernment.jpg A discussion about the different vocational states (single, married, religious life) could be held here. Vocation is not simply an external call that invites the individual to do something specific; rather, it also involves the internal “unfolding” that occurs when an individual grows in his or her relationship with God; recognizes his or her own unique talents, interests, skills, and passions; see the needs of the world; and discovers ways to connect his or her life in service to God by being of service in the world. As Aristotle states, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” The vocation of each individual implies active participation by human beings in the covenant created between God and humanity centuries ago. Recall from Unit 1: Covenant is a solemn agreement between human beings or between God and a human being involving mutual commitments. 19

20 Exploring the Call of Samuel
© 2.bp.blogspot.com/_U7Emw1biZlk/R_RN7QnaFBI/AAAAAAAACkU/u_gRS7AQC-o/s400/Eli%2Band%2BSamuel%2B002.jpg 1 Samuel 3:1–21 What is necessary for people to hear and understand God’s Revelation? - One must be attentive, “awake,” and open in order to hear. To fully understand, often one needs help from others. How do other people support Samuel in his ability to hear and follow his vocation? - The priest Eli supports Samuel by saying how Samuel should respond to the voice he is hearing. He also tells Samuel, “He is the Lord. He will do what he judges best.” 20

21 God’s Revelation to Biblical People
© allangelschurch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/holy-spirit-stained-glass.jpg Image in public domain Image in public domain Genesis, chapters 40 and 41 Exodus, chapter 3 Luke 1:39–45 © campus.udayton.edu/mary/thumbnails/Novo_Quadro_02bt.jpg Genesis, chapter 32 © britlitwiki.wikispaces.com/file/view/KingDavidTripleHarp.jpg 1 Samuel 1:1—2:10 © cruciality.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/rembrant-jacob-wrestling-angel.jpg 2 Samuel 7:1–29 © art-quarter.com/beck/joe/aj/1/6/Rembrandt-mother2.jpg Review of the passages covered in this presentation.

22 God’s Revelation to Biblical People
© allangelschurch.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/holy-spirit-stained-glass.jpg © 4.bp.blogspot.com/_P-2w6S8aGfQ/SYy2zLD9nhI/AAAAAAAAAk8/Qfq0JAo2s9U/s400/king_solomons_wisdom.jpg Image in public domain Continued review of passages covered in this presentation. 1 Kings 3:4–15 1 Samuel 3:1–21 © 2.bp.blogspot.com/_U7Emw1biZlk/R_RN7QnaFBI/AAAAAAAACkU/u_gRS7AQC-o/s400/Eli%2Band%2BSamuel%2B002.jpg Genesis 12:1–9


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