Lila

Just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Lila. Two brief thoughts for now, maybe more later. First, Robinson really is a master at her craft. Her prose is casual, conversational, comfortable but never mundane, never boring, never so elusive or evasive to become frustrating. And yet she is not a tell-er but a show-er. Sure, she’s telling all…

The Exodus and the Cross

On the mount of transfiguration Moses and Elijah appear and speak with Jesus about the coming “Exodus” that He will accomplish at Jerusalem (Lk. 9:31). While this is commonly translated “decease” (e.g. NKJV), the word in the Greek is “exodus” which, incidentally, means “exodus.” The word is used throughout the Septuagint to mean “going out”…

Performing for Captives

Following up on the quote I posted a couple of days ago from Jordan’s Handwriting on the Wall concerning the prophecies that Israel would have been receiving from the prophets already in exile: Ezekiel is already in exile while Jerusalem still stands. He is taken to Jerusalem in the Spirit (by his hair! – 8:3)…

Another Tenth Plague/Passover

Ezekiel 9 combines a number of elements from Exodus 12-13, 32. It too is a tenth plague/passover story. In Ezekiel 9, like Exodus 32, the Destroyer is embodied in the actions of men. This time the “sign” that marks those who are to be spared is made with a pen on the foreheads of those…

I am Yahweh

The declaration of God, “I am the Lord” using the the covenant name Yahweh occurs nearly 200 times in the OT. Nearly three quarters of those are found in the books Exodus, Leviticus, and Ezekiel. This suggests a few things: First, this invites a close connection between Exodus and Leviticus. The Exodus from Egypt is…

Believing Babylon

“Consider the likelihood that these three stories [Daniel 1-3] were in circulation for ten or more years before Jerusalem was destroyed. For ten years Jeremiah and his associates were able to tell the citizens of Jerusalem and Israel that God was working to convert the Babylonian empire. For ten years it was clear that the…

Israel as a Prophet

If the prophets like Jeremiah and Ezekiel are marked by rituals and charades that symbolize what God is doing or about to do with His people, this applies back in time and biblical history to some extent to those rituals and charades that God instituted among His people. When He instructs Moses to instruct the…

Ezekiel 20

If one were to be preaching through the book of Exodus, one would not want to forget about the book of Ezekiel. Turns out. And let me commend to such a one Ezekiel 20 in particular. The elders of Israel come to Ezekiel to inquire of the Lord, but the Lord refuses to hear them…

Exile as Promised Land

“Signs and wonders” come to a nation when it is being judged and destroyed. Egypt is the great example of this. Yahweh multiplies His signs and wonders in the land of Egypt in order to destroy Egypt and bring His armies out of the land. And throughout much of the rest of the law “signs…

Talking to a Corpse

In Ezekiel 37, the Lord brings the prophet to a valley full of old, dry bones, and asks Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And Ezekiel says that only the Lord knows, and the Lord commands Ezekiel to prophecy to the bones, to speak to them in the name of the Lord, and…