I’ve got three links for everybody to view if it piques your interest.
The first is from a blog I’ve been reading only recently entitled Hip and Thigh. For those of you who followed MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto, or followed Dr. Sam Waldron’s critique of MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto, or followed my comments concerning what Dr. Waldron had over on Illumination, this post may interest you. Fred Butler has posted a review of Dr. Waldron’s book which was spawned by his internet series in which he was critical of John MacArthur’s views on election and the nation of Israel.
Fred Butler does an excellent job of summarizing the entire debate, so if you haven’t followed it, you do not feel out of place at all if you read his post. One thing that I noticed was that while Dr. Waldron has attempted to be friendly in his response, there have been many non-friendly comments, and Butler picks up on this. Aside from that, this post will be of interest if you follow the debate between A-Millennialism and Pre-Millennialism, between dispensational theology and covenant theology, and the relationship between Israel and the church.
View Fred’s post at this link here.
The second link is from a blog that I have listed as one of my favorites, The Stumbling Block. Bobby Grow, while being basically reformed in his theology but a progressive dispensationalist, has a post entitled Israel And Jesus, What God Has Joined Together Let No Man Separate. It includes a lengthy quote from T. F. Torrance which is worth meditating on. The idea is that the identity of Jesus cannot be separated from the nation of Israel, and the nation of Israel cannot be separated from Jesus. Bobby closes his post with this thought which touches on the area of prophecy. “Once Israel realizes that her purpose is a Person and not Land, then they will experience the true shalom that they ironically have been used to usher in, through one of their own . . . Jesus of Nazareth.”
View Bobby’s post at this link here.
The third one is to another blog that I’ve been reading for a couple of years now. I don’t read everything at Jesus Creed, but pick out certain topics that interest me. Scot McKnight has a series entitled Missional God, which reviews Chris Wright’s book entitled The Mission of God. This particular post focuses on why the nation of Israel in the Old Testament did not do “missions work” or “evangelism” in the way that the New Testament apostles did.
Maybe the readers of my blog have an answer to this question. If the nation of Israel was to be a light to the nations, why didn’t they do any missions work or evangelism? Why didn’t Jesus evangelize the nations? Why is it only years after Pentecost with the persecution of the church that we see the first attempts at taking the gospel into the world?
In reviewing the book, Scot has some observations concerning the Abrahamic Covenant, specifically the multi-national aspect of it. One question he poses in the first part of his post is something that so many struggle with. Concerning the fact that going into the world just wasn’t the way of Israel, what about those who did not hear?
If you want to read my thoughts (solution?) on this, you will have to follow the link and scroll down to my comment that I posted on Jesus Creed. It’s number 15.
To read Scot’s post, follow this link here.
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