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Do you remember when you were a kid and the TV shows went on hiatus for the summer? It turned into “rerun” season. This doesn’t really exist any more in TV; you might have the occasional “rerun,” but rarely is a station broadcasting all reruns.
Except for Netflix and Hulu and Amazon… those guys are making their bread and butter with reruns!
And I love reruns! I love seeing my old favorites again. In fact, I spent a lot of time during the stay at home orders watching reruns of some classic 80’s and 90’s TV — and my teenage daughters did the same!
Why bring up reruns? Because I am in the midst of a rerun bible study of the Gospel of Luke. Yup! Full confession: I have done this exact study before. And, some of the same people are in the study again!
So why, pray tell, does this “work”? Why are people willing to come to the study a second time?
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,Isaiah 55:10-11
and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Because God’s word is a living, breathing thing! It is always different. It touches us differently at different times. We hear things differently at new points in our lives.
And, I notice that the second, third, fourth times in reading a book of the bible or leading a bible study that I see things I have never noticed before! How is that possible? In fact, try something out (if you are willing). Pick a nice short book of the bible — James or Philippians come to mind — and read it every day for a week. See if you don’t see new things in it each and every day!
Yes. God’s word is amazing. It is new, fresh, enlivening each time we read it. What a lovely rerun it is!