August 9th, 2017
A number of our trainees in Biblical Theology are clearly having “light bulb moments.” They are making connections between different parts of the Bible. They are excited to see how the Old Testament builds hopes and expectations that God will keep His promises and fulfill His plans in Jesus. Even in the face of occasional language difficulties, it is clear that many of these dear brothers are “getting it.”
One such moment – the most exciting for me so far – came in a discussion in class today. I wrote two statements on the chalkboard and asked which was true to the Exodus account of the giving of the law: “Obey God so that He will save” or “Obey God because He has already saved”? One Tanzanian pastor said, “The first is right.” (That is not the light bulb moment, by the way.) Before I could push back, another pastor piped up, “I think the first is wrong. The second one is right.” Oh? Why? “Because here in Exodus 20:2, God had saved them first.” Not only was the second pastor arguing for an opinion (which was exciting enough for me to see such engagement), but he was basing his opinion on the text of Scripture! My heart was filled with excitement that in that moment I did not need to be the one to point to the details of the text; the trainee did it himself. We want to work ourselves out of a job, having the trainees themselves turn to Scripture and not rely on us. We tasted that today in Tanzania.
Director of Curriculum Development, TLI