It has been an eye opening experience to be able to share The Bible Series with my sons, and to also provide additional commentary. I invite you to start to share the experience of The Bible, with your family, with yourself.
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Hi, I’m Rachel Kerr Schneider. Thank you so much for joining me today.
I want to share a couple of thoughts with you concerning the boys, my boys, and The Bible. This fabulous mini-series that’s been created for television by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
It aired a couple of weeks ago I suppose, and I tell the boys that instead of Devotion, we were going to watch this on TV. And my boys were like “Really mom? Ok, we know everything about The Bible, we know all these stories. We don’t need to sit here and listen to this again.” But the fact that it was going to take the place of Devotion and it was watching TV, I think kinda, you know, I was able to kind of woo them over.
So we sat down and we started watching The Bible. In this first installment, it opens up with Noah in the Ark. And you know he’s bouncing around in the water, and animals are all over the place, and there’s quite the turmoil. And he recounts the story of creation, and how God created the Heavens and the earth; and everything in the sea, and in the sky, and light and dark and all of that. And so it’s really a very interesting take on that. It also recounts the story of Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden.
Then we go to the story of Abraham, and so my sons are like, “You know, Abraham, Really? He’s so old mom, he’s never going to have a baby.” And then they’re sitting there and they’re looking at me and John says to me, “You mean Abraham’s wife, Sarah, actually told him to go sleep with another woman? And have a baby?” I’m like, yeah, she did, because she didn’t believe God.
And then they see Abraham finally father Isaac, when he’s over a hundred years old, and then God wants him to sacrifice him. So they see this father carrying his son up the mountain, knowing he’s going to kill him. And then they see Abraham bring down the knife, and God saying, “No! You have passed the test.” So, what I have found is that by sitting with my sons and watching the stories of these regular, normal people. Granted, they lived thousands of years ago, but they were living life. They had families, they had work to do, they had problems and they had situations. You know, they had daily lives that they had to get through. And they are trying to figure out what does God want from me, and then they’re wondering why is God asking this of me, or how to do I hear hear him? Or why would he do this? And then they’re seeing people who flat-out don’t pay attention, or doesn’t want to hear what God has to say or defy what God has to say.
They see Moses out in the wilderness for years and years. And then they see Moses going back to Pharaoh, and they see Moses going back to Pharaoh, again, and again, and again. So for me, it’s been an eye opening experience to be able to share it with my sons and to also provide additional commentary. And to have them see real people in real situations, who commit real sin and who seek God’s forgiveness and God’s grace, it’s been amazing. So the boys and The Bible, it will continue to be a saga of my life. I invite you to start to share the experience of The Bible, with your family, with yourself.
I’m Rachel Kerr Shneider. Thank you so much for joining me today.