Why do we bathe? For us who live nearby the Equator, we know something of good reason. The people of Exodus lived in a similar climate, but for them, cleanness meant more than just washing with water. For washing is meant to be a picture of our spiritual readiness and purity before God. It is less about how clean we are, and more about what we about to do after we bathe. So what is it that God’s people are being told to be as they prepare to be clean? At one level, we know that the Israelites were being made clean to commune with God. But what does it mean to commune with the God we can neither see nor touch?
The first chapter of Nahum makes clear that God’s judgment is about to fall on Nineveh for her idolatry, pride, and evil. Chapter 2 is a prophetic lens through which we catch a glimpse of the terrible judgment that is about to befall Ninevah. The recurring themes of harsh, thorough, and unstoppable judgment coupled with God’s salvation for His people follow through from the first chapter. But what does it mean for us? We read the minor prophets in a world that has excised judgment from its vocabulary. We read it to learn about what God’s terrible judgment reveals about His character, and what it means for us today!
Christians celebrate Good Friday and Easter every year and every year, it seems like the same message. For some, it is easier to see our sins and the ways in which we have failed. Our sin and rebellion, as well as the good that we know we ought to do but don’t do, seem to be clearer and easier to pick out. But what about the Christian’s hope? Are the promises of the resurrection only for the life to come? As you can probably guess from these questions, the answer is a resounding NO!
The “Life Alive” series was meant to unpack some of the implications of the resurrection for the Christian. It has practical implications not just for an abstract future, but for our daily struggles now.