Christy

An Animated Explanation of Holy Spirit by The Bible Project

The “Holy Spirit” is a phrase in the Bible used to describe the mystery and power of God’s personal presence. In this video we explore the original Hebrew meaning of the word “spirit/breath,” and how understanding this can help you see the storyline of the entire Bible in a whole new way. This video by The Bible Project explains more.

 

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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If you have ever heard the phrase “the Holy Spirit”
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and you want to know what it means,
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where do you start?
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Well, you have to start on page one of the Bible.
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Where the uncreated world is depicted as this
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dark chaotic place. But then, above the chaos
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God’s Spirit is there, hovering, ready to bring about life and order and beauty.
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Okay, but what is God’s Spirit?
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Yeah, so the Spirit is the way the Biblical authors
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talk about God’s personal presence.
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The Hebrew word is Ruakh.
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Ruu-a-achh? Yeah, you’ve gotta clear your throat at the end.
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So, what is it?
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Ruakh can refer to a number of different things,
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but what they all have in common is energy.
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Energy? How so?
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So, there’s an invisible energy,
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that makes the clouds move or the tree branches sway.
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Right, wind. So in Hebrew,
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that’s Ruakh. Okay!
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Now, take a big breath, uwwshh!
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So you feel that, inside you.
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Yeah, the air?
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Well, specifically the energy,
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right, the vitality in your body that you get from
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breathing, deeply,
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that too is, Ruakh.
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And this is the same word
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used in the Bible, to describe God’s
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personal presence.
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Just like wind and breath are invisible,
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God’s spirit, is invisible.
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Wind is powerful, and so God’s spirit is powerful.
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And just as breath keeps us alive
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so God’s spirit sustains all of life.
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Yeah! Ruakh.
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Now,
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as we continue on in the story of the Bible
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We see God’s ruakh giving special empowerment to people for specific tasks.
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The first person in the Bible that happens to
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is Joseph
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God’s spirit enables him to understand and interpret dreams.
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And then it happens to this guy named “Betsaleel” and he’s an artist!
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God’s spirit empowers him with wisdom and skills.
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He’s given creative genius to make beautiful things in the tabernacle.
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And we also see God’s ruakh empower a group of people called “the prophets”.
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They’re able to see what’s happening in history from God’s point of view.
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That’s exactly right!
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And here’s the problem as the prophet saw it.
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While God’s ruakh had created a really good world
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humans have given in to evil.
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They’ve unleashed chaos into it through their injustice.
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A new type of disorder.
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Yes.
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And the prophet said the spirit would come,
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just like in Genesis 1,
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but now, to transform the human heart,
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to empower people to truly love God and others.
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How will this new active God spirit happen?
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Well, centuries past and we’re introduced to Jesus.
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And at the beginning of his mission,
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there’s a beautiful scene where Jesus is being baptized in the waters of the Jordan river.
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Yeah, the sky opens up and God’s spirit comes and rests on him like a bird.
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The story sang that God’s spirit is empowering Jesus to begin the new creation.
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And we see this happening when he heals people or forgives their sins.
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He’s creating life where there once was death.
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Now, Israel’s religious leaders oppose Jesus and they eventually have him killed.
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But even here, God’s spirit is at work.
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The earliest disciples of Jesus who saw him alive from the dead
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said it was God’s energizing spirit that raised Jesus.
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This is the beginning of new creation.
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Yes, and it is still going.
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When Jesus appeared to his closest followers,
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he breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
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And soon after that, the Spirit powerfully comes on all of his disciples.
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So that they can become a part of this new creation
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and share the good news and learn how to live by the energy and influence of God’s spirit.
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And so today, the spirit is still hovering in dark places.
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Yes, pointing people to Jesus,
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transforming and empowering them so they can love God and others.
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And the Christian hope is that the Spirit is going to finish the job.
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The story of the Bible ends with a vision of a new humanity
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living in a new world that’s permeated with God’s love and life-giving spirit.
Christy

Animated Explanation of ‘Heaven & Earth’ by The Bible Project

This video made me laugh out loud in a couple spots. Perhaps you will, too. Besides being funny, it’s a very helpful explanation of the concept of heaven and earth in the Bible. The great folks at The Bible Project merge great theology (Bible teaching about God) with fantastic graphics to create fun and educational videos. Enjoy! Learn! Grow!

 

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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>> Tim:: So, in the bible the ideas of Heaven and Earth are ways of talking about God’s
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space and our space.
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>> Jon: So I understand our space really well. We live here. There are trees, rivers, mountains.
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But my understanding of God’s space gets a little fuzzy.
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>> Tim:: And what we do get in the bible are images, trying to help us grasp God’s space,
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which is basically inconceivable to us.
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>> Jon: So these are two very different types of spaces.
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>> Tim: Yes, they’re different in their nature, but here’s what is really interesting.
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It’s that in the Bible these are not always separate spaces.
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So think of Heaven and Earth as different dimensions that can overlap in the same exact
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space.
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>> Jon: So we talk a lot about going to heaven after we die,
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but this idea of Heaven and Earth overlapping, we don’t talk a lot about that.
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>> Tim: Which is kinda crazy because the union of Heaven and Earth is what the story of the
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Bible is all about, how they were once fully united, and then
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driven apart, and about how God is bringing them back together again.
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>> Jon: So let’s go back to the beginning. Where Heaven and Earth there completely overlapping?
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>> Tim: Yeah, this is what the Bible’s description of the Garden of Eden is all about.
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It’s a place where God and Humanity dwelt together perfectly, no separation, and humans
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then partner with God in building a flourishing beautiful world and so on.
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>> Jon: But as humans we wanted to do things a different way.
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We wanted God out and we wanted to create a world apart from Him
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>> Tim: Yeah so we have these two spaces now and the Bible actually uses lots of different
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kinds of words and phrases to refer to these two spaces to make a clear distinction.
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>> Jon: So you’ve said that these spaces can overlap though, so explain how that works.
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>> Tim: This is where we have to start talking about temples, because in the biblical world
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you experience God’s presence by going to a temple.
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That’s where Heaven and Earth overlap.
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>> Jon: Now there’s two types of temples described in the Bible. One is a tabernacle,
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basically a tent that was built by Moses. And the other was this massive building made
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by Solomon.
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>> Tim: And these temples were decorated with fruit trees and flowers and images of angels
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and all kinds of gold and jewels and so on. And these are designed to make you feel like
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you’re going back to the garden. And at the center of the temple was a place
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called the holy of holies, which was like the hotspot of God’s presence.
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>> Jon: Now we can go and be with God again.
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>> Tim: But not so fast, because the temple also creates a problem.
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So God’s space is full of His presence and goodness and justice and beauty,
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but human’s space is full of sin and injustice and ugliness that results.
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>> Jon: So how do these spaces overlap if they’re so different and they’re in conflict
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with each other?
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>> Tim: This was resolved through animal sacrifice.
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>> Jon: Yeah that’s kinda weird. What do animal sacrifices have to do with this?
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>> Tim: Yeah the idea is this: animal sacrifices, somehow they absorb the sin when the animal
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dies in your place and it creates a clean space, so to speak, where you are now free
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to enter into the temple and be in God’s presence.
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>> Jon: Ok so if I’m an Israelite and I live in Jerusalem, I might be able to be in
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God’s presence, but you said the story of the Bible is all of Heaven and Earth reuniting?
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>> Tim: Right, so we have to keep going in the story where we come to Jesus in the New
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Testament. And in the Gospel of John, we hear this claim that God became human in Jesus
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and made his dwelling among us. The word “dwelling” is really curious. It literally means he set
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up a tabernacle among us. So what John is claiming right here is that Jesus is a temple.
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He is now the place where Heaven and Earth overlap.
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>> Jon: What’s interesting about Jesus is that He isn’t staying this safe, clean space.
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He’s running around hanging out with sinners. He’s healing people of their sicknesses,
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and forgiving people of their sins.
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>> Tim: He’s basically creating little pockets of Heaven where people can be in God’s presence,
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but He’s doing it out there in the middle of the world of sin and death.
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>> Jon: And He keeps telling everyone that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
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>> Tim: And He even told his followers to pray regularly that God’s kingdom come and
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His will be done here on Earth just as it is in Heaven.
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>> Jon: But a lot of people are threatened by Jesus and they kill Him, which seems to
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spoil this whole plan to reunite Heaven and Earth.
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>> Tim: But, we have to go back to a scene earlier in Jesus’ story where John the Baptist
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saw Jesus and said, “Behold this is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
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world!”
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>> Jon: So Jesus isn’t just talked about as being a temple, He’s also talked about
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as being the temple sacrifice.
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>> Tim: Yeah so the cross is now the place where Jesus absorbs sin to create a clean
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space that is not limited like animal sacrifices. Jesus’ sacrifice has the power to keep spreading
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and spreading and reuniting more and more of Heaven and Earth.
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>> Jon: This is all really great but it leaves one big question in my mind, which is what
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happens when I die? Don’t I just fly over to God’s space and be with Jesus?
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>> Tim: Yeah so a few times in the New Testament we learn that Christians will be with Jesus
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in Heaven after they die,  but that is not the focus of the Bible’s story. The focus
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is on how Heaven and Earth are being reunited through Jesus and will be completely brought
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together one day when He returns. In the book of Revelation we get this beautiful image
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of the garden of Eden, now in the form of a city, coming to end the age of sin and death
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by redeeming all of human history in a renewed creation and God’s space and Human’s space
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completely overlap once again.
Christy

Animated Explanation of Sacrifice and Atonement by The Bible Project

Sacrifice and atonement. These aren’t things we talk about much, but they are important concepts in the Bible. For us to understand our salvation in Christ, we must understand the meaning of sacrifice and atonement. So let’s do this the fun way and enjoy this animated short video produced by the guys at The Bible Project.

 

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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we all long for the world to be good for people to live in peace
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act with love and justice but there’s a problem
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something compels us humans to constantly wreak havoc and destruction
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instead and we call this evil and from the Bible’s point of view, evil ruins
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things in at least two ways. There’s a direct effect of our evil like when someone
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steals from another person they’ve created injustice therefore they owe something
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to make it right but there’s another indirect effect of evil because
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they’ve also ruined the environment of the relationship creating a lack of
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trust there’s emotional damage it’s like vandalism and they need to make that
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right too. Now many people believe ‘Hey God is good
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he should be the one to just get rid of all the evil in the world.’ But let’s be honest I mean
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the evil that I see everywhere
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out there it’s the same evil that’s inside of me. We have all contributed and
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we keep doing it. So this kind of puts us in a bind if God’s going to rid the
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world of evil, he’ll have to get rid of us. And this is what’s so remarkable about the story
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of the Bible. This God is so good
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that not only is he going to rid the world of evil he’s going to do it
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without destroying humanity. So how is he going to do that? Well early in the story
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of the Bible we’re introduced to this practice of animal sacrifice which I
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know seems weird to us but for the Israelites it was a very powerful symbol
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of God’s justice and of His grace. So remember I’m a contributor to the evil
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that’s in the world I should be removed. But God is allowing this animal’s life
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to be a substitute. It symbolically dying in my place. And the biblical word for this is atonement,
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which means to cover over someone’s death. But there’s a second part to this ritual
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remember evil also causes this relational vandalism and in the Bible this
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idea is described as polluting or defiling the land and making it unclean
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so the priest would symbolically wash away the vandalism by sprinkling the
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animal’s blood in different parts of the temple. So the animal’s blood is
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cleaning things? Well, remember this is a symbol and it’s a symbol that we’re not
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used to. The blood represents life and the sprinkling of the blood is this
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representation of how God is cleaning away these indirect consequences of
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evil in their community. In the Bible this process is called purification and
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so the temple in the land now become a clean space where God and His people can
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live together in peace
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So this ritual makes things right between Israel and God? And more than
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that! The Israelites experience God’s love and His grace through these symbols and by
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being forgiven ideally this would compel them to become people of love and grace
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that’s the ideal but
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it wasn’t always happening right so the prophet Isaiah for example he talks a
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lot about this he opens his book by saying that the continual sacrifices of
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the Israelites had become meaningless because they were also allowing great
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evil in their midst. Ignoring the poor and the oppressed even the Israelite
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kings were distorting justice. But Isaiah looked forward to a day when a new king from
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the line of David would come and deal with evil but in a surprising way the
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King would become a servant and not just serve but also suffer and die for the
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evil committed by his own people and his life would be offered as a sacrifice
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this is the promise of Jesus believed he was fulfilling he’s the king of Israel
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suffering and dying on the cross. In fact, Jesus himself used Isaiah’s words when he said
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that he came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many. And that word ransom
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refers to the sacrifice of atonement and so all over the New Testament we hear
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about how Jesus’ death was an atoning sacrifice for us. It covered the debt that
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humans owe God for contributing to all of the evil and death in His world but the
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new testament authors also talk about Jesus death as providing purification
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and so we hear about Jesus’ blood as a symbol of his life having this ability
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to wash away the vandalism that evil has caused in and around us so we can
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now live at peace with God so that’s the meaning behind Jesus’ death but there’s
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more to the story. Yeah, the New Testament makes this powerful claim that Jesus’s
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death was not final
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he rose from the dead
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and so he’s the sacrifice who broke the power of death and evil which means that
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he lives on to offer his life to anyone who will accept it he is the perfect sacrifice
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to it which all the previous sacrifices were pointing all along. So because of Jesus
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the early Christians stopped participating in the ritual animal
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sacrifice. But they were given new rituals there are two that Jesus taught his
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followers to perform the first is called baptism. Just as Jesus died so going
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into the water becomes this personal connection you now have to his death and
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in coming out of the water you so to speak
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come back to life with Jesus baptism is the sacred ritual that joins your story
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to Jesus’s death and resurrection the second rituals called the Lord’s Supper
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which is a reenactment of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples and he use bread
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and wine to portray his coming death as a sacrifice and so now followers of
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Jesus they take the bread and the cup regularly to remember and to participate
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in the power of Jesus’ death and in his life so these rituals they remind us of
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God’s love and encourage us to live a life love and grace but they do more
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than that they connect us to a new life source the very power that brought Jesus
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back from the dead is the same power that can deal with the evil in our own
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lives and transform us into people who lead lives of love and peace.
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The Image of God

Have you ever wondered why God made you? Have you thought about your purpose in life? We all have.

Our sense of value comes from the fact that we are created in the image of God. But what does it mean to be an image of God?

The guys at The Bible Project created this animated walkthrough of “The Image of God.”

 

 

 

Video Transcript

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So if you lived in ancient bible times odds are you lived under the authority of a king
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And many of these kings claimed that they were Gods and they would even call themselves the Image of God
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Meaning they had authority to tell people what to do order things to be made
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Yah, they got to define good and evil
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And these kings would often make statues of themselves which in hebrew were called Tselem often translated as idol or image
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But for Israel they didn’t view their kings as the God. In fact they were never supposed to even make images of God.
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It’s exactly right and that was really unique for that time and culture.
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This is rooted first of all in Israel’s belief that you can´t reduce the creator God down to any one thing in creation.
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But there is another reason. PEOPLE AREN’T TO MAKE IMAGE OF GOD BECAUSE GOD HAS ALREADY MADE IMAGE OF HIMSELF.
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When did he do that
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Lets go to page 1 of the bible and the first person we meet there is God.
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He is the one with authority over all creation. He speaks and the creation obeys and He defines what is good and not good
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In other words, He alone is King but then surprisingly as the pinnacle of all of God’s creative work He makes humans.
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and he calls all of them the Image of God
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So he gives all humans the authority to rule
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Exactly. That is what He goes on to say.
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He tells the humans to subdue the earth and to rule it. And so this task,
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that once belonged only to elite kings is here in the bible, the task of every human being
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This was a revolutionary statement in its day because all humans are being called
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to rule and to participate in the human project.
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So what does this mean, I mean, how are we all supposed to rule.
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So, the picture we get in Genesis is
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gardening, “Gardening?!”
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Yes, Gardening. So, they rule the earth
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by cultivating it, by harnessing all of the earth’s raw potential and then making something more and new out of it
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So, growing food for each other.
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Yes, but that also includes growing families which then becomes neighborhoods
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and then they create communities where people are going to work and take care of each other
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and build businesses and cities and will expand to new places and so on
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So, ruling is really the day to day acts of our work and creativity
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Yes, we take the world somewhere
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This is humanity’s divine and sacred task.
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This all sounds really nice
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And humans have designed some pretty great things
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But just as often we create things that cause a lot of sufferring and a lot of injustice
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So, maybe we shouldn’t actually be ruling
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Yah, so the bible addresses this
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In Genesis, what happens is that God gives humans
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a choice of how they are going to rule.
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So, are they going to use their authority for the benefit of others
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which is God’s definition of good
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Or are they going to turn away and define good and evil for themselves
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and use their authority for self advantage
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and in the story they choose to define good and evil on their own terms
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And so this is the bible’s depiction of the human condition
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so sometimes we pull off amazingly good stuff but just as often
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despite our best intentions we act selfishly and we create evil in the world
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and so we are stuck as mediocre rulers
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making a mess of things
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But that’s not the end of the story
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so, the bible goes on and makes this claim
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that all of this was resolved when God bound himself
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to humanity through Jesus and
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He showed us what it looks like to truly rule as a human
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So what does it look like
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Well, Jesus ruled by serving and by seeking
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the best for others by putting himself underneath them
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and loving not just His friends but also His enemies
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And that’s not a typical way to rule
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And not only that Jesus confronted the consequences of
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all the evil and death that we have created by
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our messed up ways of ruling
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and he takes it, I mean he lets it kill Him
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And so, when the new testament writers looked back
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to Jesus’s resurrection they see
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a whole new future opening up for all humanity
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Jesus is a new way to be human
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Yah, that’s why they call Jesus the Image of God or New Human
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And not only that they also believe that Jesus is divine
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life and power is now available to
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heal and transform us to become our life and power
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and this sounds really nice
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but what does it really look like
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So, practically the apostle Paul said it looks
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like people being filled by Jesus’s own presence and spirit
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filled with love and joy and peace and patience
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and kindness and goodness and integrity and gentleness and self control
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He says this is the new humanity that God wants
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to create in us. So that we become people
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in whom God’s image is being restored
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people who will move the human project forward
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and that’s actually how the story of the bible ends
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It’s a renewed world where God is on
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His throne and His servants are all around Him
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But they are the ones ruling over this new world
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Taking it into new uncharted territory with Jesus
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as their healer and their God.
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