Three themes repeatedly come up in Exodus: salvation, holiness and God’s people. Salvation is shown in how God consistently saves His people, the Israelites, who were led to God after He took them out of slavery in Egypt. This shows us that God’s people have a covenant with Him.
With the benefit of the hindsight we have today, we can see that while the laws were good for people to live in accordance to God, they also pointed to Jesus. This leads us to consider two questions: What is a Christian? What makes a Christian a Christian?
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.