By Lesslie Newbigin
Presently sooner than he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a sequence of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a well-liked point and entitled "A stroll during the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.
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And yet how small, how feeble! What a puny thing the temple was compared to the mighty temple of Solomon. In the psalms we hear the voice of this faithful remnant. ' And we come to the last three books of the Old Testament, Zechariah, Haggai and Malachi, which hold out the promise that the messenger of the Lord will come and establish his reign. It is to these three books that Jesus most frequently appeals in his later teaching. But meanwhile, in one more turn of the political wheel, the power of Greece was to be overcome by the still greater power of Rome.
Html[21/04/11 12:58:23 PM] next page > page_58 < previous page page_58 next page > Page 58 And so Jesus has to use coded language in his teaching, he speaks in parables so that the scouts from Jerusalem cannot pick up his words and use them as a basis for an arrest. But on the other hand those with ears to hear will be able to understand. But it is not only words. Jesus has an extraordinary authority. With a word he heals the sick; he gives sight to the blind; he cleanses the lepers. And what is even more serious, he announces the forgiveness of sins.
The first fruit of God's intention to recreate the whole cosmos according to his glorious purpose. That I believe is the truth. I do not believe that on any other basis one can make sense of the subsequent history.
A Walk Through the Bible by Lesslie Newbigin