Yesterday, we started on a month-long quest to answer the question: why did Jesus live? You really need to read that post to set the scene for what we’re doing. Because today, we begin telling Israel’s story, in order to work out what where the story was up to – and what Israel was expecting to happen next – when Jesus arrived. And to tell that story, we need to go back to the start of the Old Testament, and look at some of the key passages that give the framework for Israel’s story.
Footnote: some of the material in the next few days follows Scot McKnight’s outline of Israel’s story, from his book The Blue Parakeet.