The purpose of the Light of the World—at the beginning of creation and ever since–is life. It is to reveal and heal (or recreate, or birth) children of God, through whom to shine: more and more life and light, less and less darkness and death.
Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or a resurrection person?
Haggai 1:1-11; 2:1-9; Mark 11:1-11, 15-19
The true Temple is the place where God and His people are fully present with each other together.
P.S. This is super-embarrassing but must be noted: I make a very glaring mis-explanation in this message. In it I describe there having been three temples in Jerusalem (2 rebuilds of Solomon’s). This comes from my 1) being confused by the fact that the Temple during Jesus’ day is sometimes known as “Herod’s Temple” and 2) my having a hazier recollection of “intertestamental” history than I realized and, not having realized it, not looking it up.
In fact the third literal Temple has not yet been built. This should not substantively negate the rest of this message but needs to be pointed out and corrected nevertheless.
If God were unable to be wounded by our rejection of Him, or unable to be infuriated when He sees people in His image oppressing each other and abusing creation, that’s when He would be an unjust psychopath.
2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Kings 8:20-30, 65-66
Sanctification and transformation
Come from delayed gratification…
Exodus 1:8-14; 3:1-14; 34:1-8
Sinai is all about identity. It is about who the Israelites are, and about who God Himself is.
Genesis 12:1-5; 15:1-6; 22:1-18
The story of Abraham and Sarah not only gives us a preview of God’s plan to win back the hearts of humans in general, but shows us God winning the hearts of individual humans.
Genesis 1:24-28; Genesis 2:15-25
“The only way for another created being to take over the humans’ role as the God-designated rulers on the earth is to create a rift between them and God.”