Last night, I dropped Jeff Cavins off at the airport after he essentially ‘handed’ the entire Bible to us — in a single day — with his powerful and energetic explanation of the story of salvation history. It was an incredible event. I am still trying to absorb everything I heard, but the following things stand out:
– “It was the ‘pear’ on the ground.” (If you didn’t catch that joke, you missed a good one.)
– Psalm 51 is the (proper) response of a good king (David), when he was chastised for doing something wrong. This psalm is a great model of a contrite heart. (Don’t forget to read it!)
– Something about a bad king (Rehoboam), his little finger, and his father’s thigh. (‘Oh great, now I have to dig out my copy of Gray’s Anatomy…’)
– “I am Barabbas.”
– The ‘proto-evangelium’ in Genesis 3:15 finally makes sense to me! Specifically, where it says “he shall bruise/crush your head, and you shall bruise/crush his heel”. I had always wondered, “What? Why would something so ‘insignificant’ as a bruised heel be mentioned right after a crushed head?” I now understand that it’s important because the heel is bruised as a result of Christ crushing Satan’s head. (Picture Christ in Gethsemane crushing down with his foot on the serpent’s head…and by doing so, bruising his heel.) This line in Genesis is not meant to be a scoreboard (“The score is now one ‘head’ to one ‘heel’…”), it is meant to tell a story. Specifically, this line explains that the very act of crushing the enemy (Salvation) will itself cause suffering for Christ (the Passion). It’s the price that God has to pay — for us.
– But perhaps the most profound statement Jeff made all day came during his first few minutes, when he said that “we learn by attaching new things to things we already know”. How incredibly true! It’s a concept that I already knew quite well, but I had never heard it stated so clearly, so simply, nor so eloquently. So now that we ‘already know’ the whole story, we are equipped to attach any message in the Bible back to the main story. How amazing is that?
Jeff’s amazing Bible Timeline series can be found at www.BibleStudyForCatholics.com