Thursday, May 05, 2011

There is hope

“The only hope once defiant sin was committed was found in mediatorial figures who could stand before Yahweh and seek pardon for the people. The most common figure is Moses, but at times priestly figures such as Aaron and his son Phinehas are able to secure forgiveness and atonement, bringing an end to punishment. This forgiveness and atonement often involves mitigated punishment, that is, the people still suffer, but they do not receive the full measure of judgment that they deserve.”—A Severe Mercy, page 95 (emphasis his)

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After yesterday's post, I wasn't sure where we were headed, but this give's at least some hope. It's still a Severe Mercy, but it is mercy! This book certainly can't be accused of encouraging a cheap grace...
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