Watershed Formation Studies

Chapter 8 - Conceit

In chapter 7, we heard of the era of the kings in Israel. In chapter 8, the old man’s story came to an end as he related the story of the kings of Israel and Judah, which ended in the current exile in Babylon. The people’s conceit had been their undoing. Throughout the evening’s story, the people wondered — would the Story of God end here in exile? They had acted against the Torah, living however they wanted and then dared to ask for God’s blessing. But even then God would not abandon them, inviting them always to return to covenant faithfulness.
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Chapter 2 - Catastrophe

In chapter 1, we heard of the story of creation and the goodness of God. We left “ha-nahash and ish-sha” (Adam and Eve) in unity in the garden. They experienced the nearness of God and each other, being "naked and unashamed". 

In chapter 2, a shadow creeps across this perfect picture as the serpent tempts them to mistrust.  As they begin to investigate the fruit of the tree they are not to eat of, a seed of doubt is sown in their minds. Why are they not allowed to eat it? What will happen, really? Surely they won’t die?! The serpent suggests that their eyes will instead be opened and they’ll become like God. blogEntryTopper
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Chapter 1 - Creation

As we begin the story, we find God’s people gathered around the evening campfire, disoriented and feeling impotent rage. They are in exile in Babylon, shaking their fists at God, wondering when their suffering will be vindicated and their kingdom restored.

An old man (the narrator of the story), realizes his people have forgotten their story amid their suffering, and asks them to listen to their story. But the people are angry. They want answers, not stories! The old man understands their rage but begins anyway, reminding them that their story did not begin with exile or with the Babylonians who put them there. Their story began in Eden.
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