We’re going to finish looking at 2 Chronicles on Saturday March 17th and will leave the people of Judah in exile, with their city in ruins but with a message of hope that they will come home and rebuild.
When we come back to the Old Testament we’ll look at how these stories developed and unfolded through the words of two of the “major writing prophets” – Isaiah and Ezekiel.
In Isaiah we find words of criticism, challenge and warning to the people of God before the exile; words that speak to the people in exile and words that speak of their homecoming. And often words that take on even deeper significance in light of the life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus.
And then in Ezekiel, we find words of someone in exile to whom God’s word came and he speaks about God’s holiness, humanity’s sin, the reality of judgment but also the hope of restoration.
(See Lamar Eugene Cooper, Ezekiel, vol. 17, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994), 40. for some more context)
An opportunity to step back a little from just the historical events and to see something of what was going on behind the scenes through this time in the history of the people of God.
But we’ll also pick up again our look at the writings of Paul – working through Colossians & Philemon (probably both written at the same time) and then Ephesians.
Colossians reminds us of the supremacy of Jesus and the implications of that for those who have chosen to follow him, while Philemon is a much more personal letter written on behalf of an escaped slave who had come to believe in Jesus.
Ephesians reminds us of the wonderful things that God has done for us through Jesus and calls us to live in unity with each other as we seek to follow and serve Him.
Exciting books and themes to explore – looking forward to sharing thoughts and reflections on them.
In terms of our “progression” we’ll be doing:
- Colossians and Philemon