Knights of Columbus Bible Study – Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
K. C. Hall Hwy 90 - Del Rio, Texas
Opening Prayer/ Psalm 95
Psalm 77: 11-14 – “I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord: yes, I will remember your wonders of old.”
Psalm 96: 2-3 – “Sing to the Lord, bless his name, tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations; his marvelous works among all the people.”
Faithful to His promise, God guides history
As Christians we believe that God’s plan to save humanity is revealed in and through the events of human history. God is not remote distant being, nor is He a pure philosophical abstraction. Rather Christians believe in a personal God who is love. And we believe that God, out of relentless love, chose to reveal Himself in a series of unfolding historical stages recorded for us in the books of the Bible. We call this biblical and historical recorded of God’s words and actions the “history of salvation” or “salvation history.”
The drama of the divine-human relationship unfolds in the history of salvation as God, over and over again, invites human beings into covenant relationship with Him and with one another. This divine invitation of salvation extended to the human race from the beginning of the world, continues to the end of time in spite of humanity’s acceptance or rejection of that divine offer of love.
Salvation history unfolds gradually over thousands of years as God’s love, forgiveness and mercy is revealed in successive stages. The plan of salvation begins with the creation of the world and continues with God’s covenant with Abraham, the giving of the Law of Moses and the Exodus of the chosen people of Israel, and the subsequent sending of prophets and kings. Each stage of salvation history prepares humanity for the perfect fulfillment of God’s saving plan in the person and mission of his Son, Jesus Christ.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
CCC 53 God is revealed to humanity gradually. He prepares humanity to welcome by stages his salvation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ
CCC 54-55 In the beginning God made himself known through the creation of the world. He invited Adam and Eve to a personal relationship with him. Although they disobeyed God and lost divine friendship, God continued to invite them into the communion, peace and happiness for which they were originally created.
CCC 56-58 Once the unity of the human race was broken by sin, God’s plan of salvation was revealed in historical stages, part by part. First, God made an everlasting covenant with Noah (Gen 9: 16) after the flood.
CCC 62 Then God chose Abraham and made a covenant with him and his descendants. To gather the scattered human race into one people of God call Abram from his country and family and makes him Abraham, that is the “father of many nations.” Abraham is our “father in faith,” because he believed the promises God made to him.
God then called and formed a nation of Israel, the People of God as His own chosen people. God invited this one people to recognize Him and to serve Him as the one living and true God (monotheism). The history of salvation recorded in the Old Testament traces the journey of the Israelites as they accept or reject God in fidelity or infidelity to the covenant.
CCC 62-63 God liberated His people by freeing them from slavery in Egypt in the central event of the Exodus. At Mount Sinai, God establishes a covenant with Moses and gives Israel the divine law of the Ten Commandments. The commandments are an expression of being in a covenant relationship with God.
CCC 64 God sends the prophets to the people of Israel and their message prepares them for the future hope of salvation. The prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, among other, proclaim a radical message of salvation will include all nations.
CCC 65 Salvation history reaches it perfect fulfillment in the life and mission of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God made man. What was spoken all at once by giving us His Son who inaugurates the New Covenant.
Scripture for meditation
Hebrews 1: 1-3
Ephesians 1: 3-10
Genesis 3: 15
Romans 2: 6-7
Romans 11: 17-28
Psalm 105 and 136
“After God had spoken many times and in various ways through the prophets, “in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2) – Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, “Dei Verbum”, 3-4
“Even when he disobeyed and lost your friendship you did not abandon him to the power of death…Again you offered a covenant to man” - Roman Missal, Eucharistic Prayer 4