Graham Goldsworthy, in Gospel and Kingdom, rightly warned away from mining the narratives of scripture for moral lessons. Nevertheless, on this approach, how do we eschew moralistic lessons whilst simultaneously avoiding repetitive statements of the grand theological themes of passage and paying little attention to the details of character and plot?
Thankfully, help is at hand! The Proclaimer blog has offered two helpful suggestions for tackling this thorny issue:
Preaching God and Example
Christ our representative and the shape of evangelical preaching
Good reading for anybody trying to apply the Old Testament narrative to modern day congregations.