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2009-04-08OT&NT - 1 Chronicles 2:8 God said to...

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1 Chronicles 2:8 God said to David: you have shed much blood, therefore you are not going to be the one to build my temple. I will make your son Solomon a man of peace, and he shall build my temple. In the Psalms: especially the Psalms of Lament - God is the one who will seek vengence against enemies. Israel’s hands are empty; the Psalmist’s hands are empty. A contextual re-reading Rahab, the quintessential Canaanite is the good guy and “??” the perfect Isaiah of Jerusalem can see no good purpose for Jerusalem’s army --- which would have looked as ridiculouse to the ordinary eye to 8 th cent BCE world as it would today. Jonah: the counter testimony within the prophetic corpus to Nahum. A totally different God’s-eye view. Diverting our view and reverting it Christian pacificism does not say that God’s enemies won’t perish. It says that we’re not free to kill them. Eastman: Distinguish between God’s wrath and human violence in the name of God. We see this coming up in the NT. In Revelation: that the saints by the Blood of the Lamb and the endurance of their testimony. They endure. They endure while God acts. In an interventionist model where God acts, but the human bding doesn’t enact violence. In the Psalms and the Apocalyptic , a way of expressing passionate emotion, but waiting on God. Romans 12: if possible, so long as it depends upon yourself… live peacefully. A solidarity amidst suffering. The prophets pronounce judgment, but they also stay and suffer with the people. The saints in Revelation don’t escape. They stay and they endure. Jesus is the center and the model. What is most distinctive about Jesus is his teaching: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek. This is absolutely central to the early Chruch understanding.
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1 Peter and Isaiah 33… Jesus understood as the one who did not react to violence, who did not avenge himself. Very clearly in the early Christians understanding is consonant with their understanding of the OT , which was not OT at that time, but rather therir Scriptures. When one of the disciples pulls out the sword and Jesus heals and says put this away… this is the heart of the matter. Fulfilling Scripture. And in the anticipation – escatological expectation. God is the one who deals with our enemies. We don’t do that. There is the element of waiting for God to act rather than taking things into our own hands – don’t confuse the church and our church with the ultimate kingdom of God. Patience and even our enemies are part of God’s purposes. Even those who put Jesus on the cross were working out God’s purposes. The role of Israel in the NT, and how does the the significant … Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Hebrews… James --- they might all answer this question differently. Matthew and John seem to have been written at a time when the early Jewish
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