God’s Goodness: Why Choose a Chosen People?
Why Not Skip Right to Jesus?
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god’s goodness: israel and the old testament - why choose a chosen people? why protect a chosen people?
Messages and Essays on Why Choose a Chosen People? Why Not Skip Right to Jesus?
Why Choose a Chosen People? Why Not Just Jump Right to Jesus? A long essay reflecting on a major question overlooked by many: Why did God have an Israel in the first place? Broken out into parts:
Messages and Essays on Why Protect a Chosen People?
The Troubling Acts of God: Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Egyptian Firstborn, and the Canaanites When God took human life in these occasions, it was not to supposedly demonstrate "retributive justice," but rather to protect His human partners at the time, until Jesus came among the Israelites.
The Troubling Acts of God: The Destruction of the Canaanites (ppt1 and ppt2) A long explanation of the conflict with the Canaanites, from biblical and Trinitarian theological perspective
The Troubling Acts of God: Did God or Satan Make David Sin? (2 Sam.24; 1 Chr.21) An examination of a curious mention of Satan acting upon King David, which opens us up into a much larger question.
The Early Church on Israel and the Sinai Covenant as a Partnership for Medical Diagnosis
Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies book 4, chapter 14, paragraph 2 speaks of Israel as "accustoming man to bear His Spirit and to hold communion with Him... He adjusted the human race to an agreement with salvation." See also Irenaeus, Theodicy, and the Problem of Evil: His Lost Work "That God is Not the Author of Evil" and Evangelism Today A paper submitted to the Pappas Patristics Institute in March 2019.
Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 2, paragraphs 9 - 23 gives a very thoughtful reflection on Haggai on the cultivation of goodness or virtue (par.9) as an indication that the law was for our diagnosis and cure (par.23); yet ultimately we needed Christ to come, and heal and cleanse us
Pseudo-Macarius of Egypt, Fifty Spiritual Homilies, Homily 15, paragraph 45; Homily 20, paragraph 6 Homily 15.45 refers to the sanctuary system as a rite of God's cleansing of His dwelling place; Homily 20.6 refers to Moses bestowing a partial cure
Cyril of Alexandria, Lecture XII: On the Word Incarnate, and Made Man, paragraphs 6 - 8 Says, "After Moses, Prophets were sent to cure Israel: but in their healing office they lamented that they were not able to overcome the disease... The wounds of man’s nature pass our healing... The evil is irretrievable by us, and needs thee to retrieve it. The Lord heard the prayer of the Prophets. The Father disregarded not the perishing of our race; He sent forth His Son, the Lord from heaven, as healer..."
George Repper, 'For I Will Pass Through the Land of Egypt This Night, and Will Smite All the Firstborn': St. Gregory of Nyssa and the Allegorical Sense of Scripture (Eclectic Orthodoxy, Feb 6, 2019) a trend from Origen of Alexandria, and later Gregory of Nyssa, to deal with difficult questions in the Hebrew Scriptures, which de-Judaized Christian faith in favor of Platonic Hellenism. This is a linguistic-cultural-philosophical decision that had a major impact on Christian faith.