Poetic Judgement

Mind this:
‘God didn’t give us a 2 page handout consisting of a bible overview and a systematic theology summary. Instead he gave us a book with lots and lots of stories about his dealings with his people. Why? Part of the answer must be that he wants us to engage with the Bible in a way that parallels how we engage with other stories rather than how we engage with text books. He wants us to enter in imaginatively to the world of the Bible, and from it to see what it looks like to live well before God (and be warned about what it is like when we ignore God).’

Joshua's Tree

Today we will think about Jeremiah and the way in which God’s judgement is described.  Recently I was involved in a conversation discussing the way in which God gives us scripture, and in the context of the conversation how much of that scripture is given in narrative (story).  God didn’t give us a 2 page handout consisting of a bible overview and a systematic theology summary.  Instead he gave us a book with lots and lots of stories about his dealings with his people. Why?  Part of the answer must be that he wants us to engage with the Bible in a way that parallels how we engage with other stories rather than how we engage with text books.  He wants us to enter in imaginatively to the world of the Bible, and from it to see what it looks like to live well before God (and be warned about…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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