By Lesslie Newbigin
Almost immediately sooner than he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a chain of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a well-liked point and entitled "A stroll in the course of the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.
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Html[21/04/11 12:58:20 PM] next page > page_52 < previous page page_52 next page > Page 52 spectacular, something which cannot be explained except as a miraculous act of God and the people will follow you. Jesus rejects that. And there is the political route: mobilize the political forces of the world in order to gain control over the world. Jesus could have taken that route, but he rejected it and in rejecting it we can say that he chose the way of the cross. And so he comes back from the desert, back to his native Galilee and makes this great ringing announcement: 'The time has come.
Jeremiah and Ezekiel The first of these, Jeremiah of Jerusalem, is one who perhaps more than any other mirrors in his life the ministry of Jesus. Jeremiah speaks of himself as a child who does not know how to speak and yet in the power of God he becomes a mighty fortress, standing for the truth amid all the storms and the violent and swirling currents of history in his time. He is absolutely clear that God's judgement is pronounced against his people. The reforms of Josiah have come too late. The people are too deeply corrupted.
What exactly does this kingdom mean? Naturally also the authorities in Jerusalem are worried, and so they send scouts to find out what is going on, to listen to Jesus and discover whether in fact he is really a trouble maker. html[21/04/11 12:58:23 PM] next page > page_58 < previous page page_58 next page > Page 58 And so Jesus has to use coded language in his teaching, he speaks in parables so that the scouts from Jerusalem cannot pick up his words and use them as a basis for an arrest. But on the other hand those with ears to hear will be able to understand.
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