Friday, July 15, 2011

Future hope

“The Torah ended with Moses’ invitation to an Israel poised for conquest, and the Prophets have echoed this invitation to Israel throughout its history. The pessimism expressed in the closing chapters of the Torah has now been demonstrated from the story and prophecies of Israel, but alongside this is the hope expressed at the end of the Torah for a new day of restoration accompanied by a divine transformation of the heart. With this hopeful vision, the prophets hold to the expectation that Israel will fully realize its destiny as Yahweh’s 'kingdom of priests' and 'holy nation' that will serve as a conduit of his presence and blessing to the nations.”—A Severe Mercy, page 352

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