So often the Bible seems centuries and light years away. I struggle to connect with the old metaphors and ancient agricultural society.
I have a hunch, I’m not the only one.
What does it mean to know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd when the only place you’ve encountered sheep is at a petting zoo? How can you understand the promise of a land overflowing with honey when you buy yours in a bear-shaped bottle? Can you grasp the urgency of Jesus’ invitation to abide in the vine when you shop for grapes at a local grocery store?
Scripture is written in an agrarian context, but I’m a total city girl. Harvest, pruning, and livestock are things I see in movies and are especially difficult to grasp when I can’t even keep my living room plant alive.
A few years ago, I decided to do something about it.
I traveled to Oregon and spent time with a shepherdess to learn more about sheep and leadership. Southern Colorado to spend time with a beekeeper and explore the world of hives and honey. Nebraska to visit a farm and learn about harvesting, and California to learn about viticulture and fruitfulness from a grape-grower.
Along the way I asked how each person interpreted passages of Scripture in light of their work. Their answers illuminated the Bible in a whole new light and resulted in the book and 6-session DVD Bible study, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey.
I wanted to share a sneak peek of Scouting the Divine 6-Session DVD Bible Study—used by small groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and book clubs around the country to dive deeper into God’s story as they experience the Bible as tasted, touched, seen, smelled, and heard.
As a gift to you, here is a session from Scouting the Divine 6-Session DVD Bible Study:
Take a walk with me through fields and farms as we explore the agrarian world of the Bible through Scouting the Divine 6-Session DVD Bible Study.
Has your small group read Scouting the Divine? What was your favorite section—the sheep, bees, farmer, or vintner?