Salvation HistoryAnd The Sacraments God has a plan and stuff Matters!
Salvation History In the Beginning • The world was without form • And the world was void
Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavens do a tape series that I find helpful My Fathers Plan • A Framework - not to be confused with The Framework • God is a God of Covenants • Covenants are distinct from contracts • Contracts - quid pro quo (this for that) • Covenants imply relationship - a love relationship • In Hebrew there is a significance to 7 - to 7 oneself is to make an oath, to enter into a serious covenant • One can divide Salvation History into 12 periods and 7 covenants • God comes to us - He deals with stuff -matter - the Sacraments
The Two Stories of Creation God’s relationship with creation and with the Human person • The First Chapter of Genesis • This story reveals God’s relationship with all His creation! • The Second Chapter of Genesis • This story reveals God’s relationship with the human person
Genesis Chapters 1 All that God made was very good! • God brings form out of chaos • Day 1: Let there be light – Light and darkens are separated • Day 2: Let us separate the fluids: The Air and the Sea • Day 3: Gives form to the earth; vegetation and earth • God brings order to the world and now He will fill the void that exists in the form that He brought forth. • God Fills the void • Day 4: Creatures of light fill the day and the night, (e.g. sun, moon and stars. • Day 5: The birds and the fish fill the “fluids”. • Interesting to note that in the physical universe, both the air and the water are governed by the same mathematical equations. • Day 6: The animals and the greatest of all animals, the human person, are created, • Day 7: God makes the day of rest, a day to reflect on God’s Goodness
God’s Plan for the Human Person The Human Person’s Original State • Adam (earth) was created • Original Innocence • Original Solitude • God made all the animals for Adam – they didn’t quite do it for him, then “bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh! … Whoa! Man! … Women • Original Solitude is pierced by the community of persons – the family – an image of the Trinity it self – a community of persons united in mutual unlimited love • A Marriage Covenant • The first covenant limited to a family
God’s Plan for the Human Person The Fall • Adam was told • (Eve was not created yet) not to eat of the tree of Good and evil • Eve was obviously in the know • ( some scholars speculate that this was to establish the importance of Tradition (Eve failed to trust in the word of another human person) • Genesis 3:15 • I will put enmity between you and the woman, he will bruise your head and He/she will crush your head.
The Proto-Gospel – Genesis 3:15 “Emnity between your offspring and hers” • Mel Gibson’s Passion focus’ on the passage • Remember the opening scene – Jesus crushes the serpents head • Also the Devil stalking Jesus holding a strange offspring?.. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and your offspring and yours.
Salvation History The Twelve periods • The History of the Early World • The covenant with Adam and Eve (the family) • The covenant with Noah ( the Household) • The Patriarchs • The covenant with Abram or Abraham (the Tribe) • Israel in Egypt • The Covenant with Moses (the Nation or Tribes) • The Promised Land • The Conquest in Canaan
Salvation History The Twelve Periods (cont) • The Judges • The United Kingdom • The covenant with David (the Jewish Kingdom) • The Divided Kingdom • The Exile • The Return • TheMaccabean Revolt • Jesus the Messiah • The Church • The covenant with Jesus (the whole world)
I will be your people, and you will be my God! The Exodus Event • Let my people go! • Moses led the people from the cruel oppression of slavery. • The final plague? • The first born was to be taken via the Angel of death • How were the Israelites spared? • The blood of an unblemished male lamb on the doorpost • They were set free, but pursued until Moses used Aaron’s staff to split the Red Sea • They rejected God’s plan, but God provided them with manna from heaven
“Make for us a god in our image” The People’s Sin • God’s plan is rejected, and Moses pleads his case • After the people create a god in that fits the world they had grown accustomed to in Egypt, God proposes to Moses to start over with him. • Moses suggests, “What would the neighbors think? You go to all the trouble of delivering this people, only to sacrifice them in the dessert? Very bad PR. • The people are spared, and when they refuse to take possession of the promised land, the generation who betrayed God a banished to wander in the dessert for 40 years, but their offspring survive. God still meets their physical needs.
“The New Testament is hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is revealed to us in the New” Dei Verbum Dei Verbum • What was the center of the Israelites worship in their Scriptures? • The Temple - God’s dwelling place - more specifically the Holy of Holies! • In the Holy of Holies, when they had it in their possession was the Ark of the Covenant • Before the Temple they kept the Ark in a tent - in Latin the Tabernacle • The Ark of the Covenant and its contents • The tablets of the Ten Commandments - (the Word of God) • The staff of Aaron • A cup of the Manna (real sustenance -bread from Heaven)
The Samaritan Woman Who is right, Jews worship on their mountain, we on ours? • Jesus responds to the query: • Salvation is from the Jews, Jews know what they are doing, but you are mistaken, but..... • “there will come a time when they will not worship on this mountain or that mountain, but will worship in Spirit and in truth” • The Pascal Mystery seems to reveal God’s plan in its fullness!
John the Baptist “A voice crying out in the Dessert” • Do you recall what John said when Jesus came on the scene? • Behold the Lamb of God • Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! • Jesus is the Word of God (Jn 1:1) • Jesus is the Good Shepherd - every shepherd needs a staff ( that hook is to grab the strays) • Jesus is the bread of life, the true bread come down from Heaven (Jn 6 )
Conclusion “Father, I pray they may be One in Me, as I am One in You!” • The Covenants have served to extend and expand the scope of God’s revelation to the World. • Some speculate the final covenant will be when Christ returns in glory so that the World may be united to Heaven • Until that time we have the Sacraments to unite and transform us into the Mystical Body of Christ, so that all will be one in Him.