The Christian historical metanarrative is the consistent and broad story across the many books of the Bible:
from Genesis, the fall, the call of Abraham, the kingdom of David and through to the prophets…
The tension of God’s covenant faithfulness
God called Abraham to undo the sin of Adam, and had made substantial promises of inheritance and blessing to him. Yet in the 1st century, God’s people were oppressed and subject to the nations.
The Jewish people wanted God to act.
But the Jewish people had been part of the problem.
What was God up to?
The book of Habakkuk was set amid this tension.
“Look at the nations, and see!
Be astonished! Be astounded!
For a work is being done in your days
that you would not believe if you were told…” (Habakkuk 1:5 NRSV)
Jesus’ ministry took place in this historical tension.
In Jesus ministry, and in his death, burial and bodily resurrection, we can see God’s answer.
The New Testament in Its World (2019) by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird is a good introduction to these themes above, backed by good scholarship.
See also, Resources.
Yesterday, and today
As we better understand Jesus and the first century, we can better understand today.
See also, David’s Research.
The long history of the church, animated by Holy Spirit over hundreds and hundreds of years, matters.
Properly understood, we can better perceive God’s long-term plan, well-underway…
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