Podcast #333: “There Was Jesus” by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

There is a poem that was popular in Christian circles when I was growing up about the journey of life. The poet questioned why God seemed missing in the most difficult seasons of life only to discover that He truly was there all the while. That is the same sentiment Zach Williams and Dolly Parton sing about in “There Was Jesus.”

Similarly, we often don’t realize Christ was present in the Old Testament, but this week’s study shows He was there all the while.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read and keep on reading
    • Follow the cross references
    • Complete a word study
  • The 30 Day Music Challenge – ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE
  • The story behind the song – YouTube
  • Recognizing Jesus throughout Scripture – Luke 24:25
  • Reading the narrative of the exodus…starting at the beginning
  • Finding ourselves wondering if the Lord is among us or not – Exodus 17:1-7
  • Discovering Jesus was there in the midst of the Hebrew people all along – 1 Corinthians 10:1-4
  • Understanding that the needs of the people were real
  • How “quarreling” in the text really meant screaming in Moses’ face – BibleHub.com Word Study
  • How even though they were lobbing their complaints at Moses, they were really showing a lack of trust in God
  • Following the cross reference to Deuteronomy 8:11-20
  • Taking the warning of Scripture personally in my own journey
  • Following the cross reference to Psalm 78
  • Recognizing the warnings in this psalm to have a steadfast heart toward God
  • Discovering yet another place where our temporary status on this earth is highlighted – Psalm 78:39 and Episode 332

Listen to our feature song on YouTube below…

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This Week’s Challenge

Read and keep on reading the story of the exodus. Linger awhile in Exodus 17 and consider the details. Follow the cross-references to 1 Corinthians 10 to discover that Jesus was there among them all along. Dig deeper by following the cross references to Deuteronomy 8 and Psalm 78. Get lost in Scripture this week! 

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