Bite-Size Seminary (November 12)

  • “Eschatology is a major topic in systematic theology. Consequently, we dare not neglect it as we construct our theology. On the other hand, it is but one doctrine among several, not the whole of theology. We must not convert our entire doctrinal system into eschatology, nor allow our theology to be distorted by undue emphasis on it.” (Millard Erickson, Christian Theology)
  • “Indeed, it is impossible to fully understand temptation [of Jesus] without appreciating how he is contrasted with the Israelites who came out of Egypt. Where is the ancient Israelites were tested in the wilderness failed, Jesus, as the new Israel, succeeds. This theme is reflected in all presentations. In the first, Jesus is hungry after fasting for forty days and is asked to turn stones into bread. But if, like the ancient Israelites, he would give priority to his own physical appetite, he would imply dissatisfaction with God’s provision for him. The second temptation, following Matthew’s order, focuses on God’s ability to save. Here Jesus is challenged to follow the example of the earlier Israelites and test, other than trust, God’s might to protect him. The third temptation focuses on God’s capacity to give to Jesus the kingdoms that are under the control of another. Whereas the Israelites doubted God strength to give them the land of Canaan, Jesus expresses complete confidence in God. Thus in various ways, Jesus’s faith in God contrasts sharply with that of the Israelites who came out of Egypt.”  (T. Desmond Alexander, From Paradise to the Promised Land)

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