Season Two

Last Season The One Story ended startlingly and wonderfully. The Good and Very Good went from Very Bad to the Worst. Then, The Best! God made a promise, no, The Promise—declaring to Abram (later Abraham), a bedouin nobody, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” The Promise is a great short summary of The One Story, but not the shortest. The shortest is “Jesus”! Jesus is The Blessing of which The Promise speaks. Jesus was both genetically and spiritually in Abraham, though His appearance two millennia away. In Season 1 the human race, and our sin, began in Adam. In Season 2, worldwide blessing begins in Abraham.
Episode One - The Nation's Founding Fathers

Last Season The One Story ended startlingly and wonderfully. The Good and Very Good went from Very Bad to the Worst. Then, The Best! God made a promise, no, The Promise—declaring to Abram (later Abraham), a bedouin nobody, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” The Promise is a great short summary of The One Story, but not the shortest. The shortest is “Jesus”! Jesus is The Blessing of which The Promise speaks. Jesus was both genetically and spiritually in Abraham, though His appearance two millennia away. In Season 1 the human race, and our sin, began in Adam. In Season 2, worldwide blessing begins in Abraham.


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Episode One - The Nation's Founding Fathers

Last Season The One Story ended startlingly and wonderfully. The Good and Very Good went from Very Bad to the Worst. Then, The Best! God made a promise, no, The Promise—declaring to Abram (later Abraham), a bedouin nobody, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” The Promise is a great short summary of The One Story, but not the shortest. The shortest is “Jesus”! Jesus is The Blessing of which The Promise speaks. Jesus was both genetically and spiritually in Abraham, though His appearance two millennia away. In Season 1 the human race, and our sin, began in Adam. In Season 2, worldwide blessing begins in Abraham.


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Episode Two - The Nation's Providential Protection

Where do great nations begin? With Founding Fathers! What do the Founding Fathers of the nation God promised need to be? Faithful to God, in order to be examples of faith to all who follow after all! The great nation, to be great, must live by faith. In Episode 1, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob laid the foundation. Let’s see how God began to build on it.


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Episode Three - The Nation's Theocratic Leader

Episode 2 started so promisingly and ended so dismally—Israel’s small family protected and blessed in Egypt, 400 years later, became several million Israelites enslaved and beaten in Egypt. One nation inside another just won’t work. What happened to God’s protection? Why isn’t God fulfilling The Promise? Or is He, just not in the way we expect? When things get the darkest . . .


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Episode Three - The Nation's Theocratic Leader

Episode 2 started so promisingly and ended so dismally—Israel’s small family protected and blessed in Egypt, 400 years later, became several million Israelites enslaved and beaten in Egypt. One nation inside another just won’t work. What happened to God’s protection? Why isn’t God fulfilling The Promise? Or is He, just not in the way we expect? When things get the darkest . . .


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Episode Four - The Nation's Defining Holy-days

Israel got the leader it so desperately needed—God-selected, God-trained and God-led. God rescued Moses from certain death and nurtured him in Pharaoh’s household, all providentially, in order to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Moses led Israel with his staff in his hand, speaking God’s Word and backing it up with God’s validating miracles. Lead on, Moses!


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Episode 5 - The Nation's God-given Culture

God gave His great nation 2 holy-days—days forever to remember, days that formed Israel’s identity—The Passover (when Israel was saved from death) and The Exodus (when Israel was given new life). Do they remind you of anything? They should . . . the cross and resurrection, the death and life of Christ! With The Passover and The Exodus Israel was born again! The Promised Land awaits.


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Episode Five - The Nation's God-given Culture

God gave His great nation 2 holy-days—days forever to remember, days that formed Israel’s identity—The Passover (when Israel was saved from death) and The Exodus (when Israel was given new life). Do they remind you of anything? They should . . . the cross and resurrection, the death and life of Christ! With The Passover and The Exodus Israel was born again! The Promised Land awaits.


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Episode Five - The Best
Hairpin turn ahead in The One Story. Ready for it? You are, if you’ve gotten the message—We’re all “In Adam” living outside God’s blessing and contrary to God’s design, we’re hopelessly fallen . . . and we can’t get up! It’s “all-she-wrote” for humanity! So it would seem, and so it should be!

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Episode Six - The Nation's Besetting Sin

First things first . . . and the first thing is God Himself. God wasted no time giving the thoroughly Egyptian Israelites their own national culture, a way to be godly. With lifestyle commandments, salvation rituals and a place for the nation to meet God, God provided a way for them to get Egypt out of their system. But getting out of Egypt was one thing, getting into the Promised Land quite another.


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Episode 7 - The Nation's Watershed Battles

The Israelites were getting nowhere fast! God said, “Go!”; His people said, “Whoa!” They looked pathetic, stalled in the wilderness. What did God do with that generation of generally feckless, faithless and fearful failures He let them die in the wilderness. Never in a hurry, God waited for a new generation to get Israel into the Promised Land. He brought them in as miraculously and decisively as He got Israel out of Egypt. Land ho!


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Episode Seven - The Nation's Watershed Battles

The Israelites were getting nowhere fast! God said, “Go!”; His people said, “Whoa!” They looked pathetic, stalled in the wilderness. What did God do with that generation of generally feckless, faithless and fearful failures He let them die in the wilderness. Never in a hurry, God waited for a new generation to get Israel into the Promised Land. He brought them in as miraculously and decisively as He got Israel out of Egypt. Land ho!


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Episode Eight - The Nation's Philandering Ways

Joshua was a man of action. Under orders from the LORD he led Israel through the Jordan River in a Red Sea redux. Battles to take the land lay ahead, battles the LORD was prepared to fight and win. Israel’s job was to follow His orders. They did . . . and the walls of Jericho fell. Then they didn’t . . . and puny Ai, at least at first, withstood them. With lessons learned, Israel took and apportioned (but not yet possessed) The Land. Joshua’s Farewell Address to the Nation drew a line in the sand. “Choose the Lord,” he urged twice, “or else . . . !” They did! A memorial witnessed boulder it! But would that make a whit of difference to the next generations?.


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Episode 9 - The Nation's Leadership Crisis

The days of the Judges . . . when everyone did what was right in their own eyes . . . how depressing! Israel took possession of The Promised Land, and simultaneously lost possession of its trust in God. We witnessed the nation slog through 3 centuries of recurring failure—sin, bringing defeat, prompting repentance, leading to deliverance. Then the ugly cycle kept recycling. Gross idolatry and gross immorality darkened the landscape with only a few bright spots—the triumphs of Judges, Deborah and Gideon—sprinkled in between! Turning to Judges 22-25 (a.k.a. Ruth 1-4), God cast His light forward to show the way out . . . to someone named David.


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Episode Nine - The Nation's Leadership Crisis

The days of the Judges . . . when everyone did what was right in their own eyes . . . how depressing! Israel took possession of The Promised Land, and simultaneously lost possession of its trust in God. We witnessed the nation slog through 3 centuries of recurring failure—sin, bringing defeat, prompting repentance, leading to deliverance. Then the ugly cycle kept recycling. Gross idolatry and gross immorality darkened the landscape with only a few bright spots—the triumphs of Judges, Deborah and Gideon—sprinkled in between! Turning to Judges 22-25 (a.k.a. Ruth 1-4), God cast His light forward to show the way out . . . to someone named David.


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Episode Ten - The Nation's Shepherd King

Israel wanted a king like all the other nations. Truth be told . . . they wanted one better than the other nations. Enter Saul the Benjaminite—a combo rock star, matinee idol, and political up-and-comer if there ever was one. God gave Israel what it wanted. King Saul started well, but soon it all went to his head. Abandoning God’s will for his own, Saul became the king that had no closeness to God. God saw through him, and soon everyone saw what God had always seen. Having suffered with the king they wanted. Israel’s now ready to soar with the king God chose.


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Episode 11 - The Great Nation

David succeeded as king where Saul failed. David was “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)—humble, trusting, obedient, repentant and thoroughly in love with the LORD. David got it. Israel’s earthly kings are but temporary stand-ins for the LORD, the King Almighty. Israel thrived under King David—victorious in battle, righteous in his judgments. In response to David’s faithful heart, God expanded The Promise by designating to David an eternal throne from which the future King of kings will come. Do we have a great nation yet? We’re almost there.


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Episode Eleven - The Great Nation

David succeeded as king where Saul failed. David was “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22)—humble, trusting, obedient, repentant and thoroughly in love with the LORD. David got it. Israel’s earthly kings are but temporary stand-ins for the LORD, the King Almighty. Israel thrived under King David—victorious in battle, righteous in his judgments. In response to David’s faithful heart, God expanded The Promise by designating to David an eternal throne from which the future King of kings will come. Do we have a great nation yet? We’re almost there.


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Episode Twelve - Selah! Wisdom for the Ages

We’ve arrived. Phase 1 of The Promise is fulfilled. By any standard Israel under King David and King Solomon was a great nation. The Queen of Sheba saw Israel’s greatness for herself and said, “the half was not told me” (1 Kings 10:7). God’s greatest obstacle getting here, all throughout Season 2, has been His own peoples’ unbelief. We’re poised to see in Season 3 how God plans to use His great nation to bless all the nations. But before that we end Season 2 by glorying in the greatness of God’s gift of godly wisdom gathered into 5 books at the height of Israel’s greatness.


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