Monday, April 25, 2011

Mitigated Punishment-again

This week we are going to camp on one page in Boda's A Severe Mercy, page 76. Page 76 is a summary of the first section of Leviticus from which he draws four observations. Here' the first:

First, the rituals involving various animals and their blood suggest the costly character of sin. Not only does one's sin demand the loss of a life, but it means the economic loss of that animal from one's head. Forgiveness meant mitigated punishment: one avoided death, but it cost something.—A Severe Mercy, page 76 (emphasis his)

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There's that recurring theme of mitigated punishment. No cheap grace in the Hebrew Bible!
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