By Lesslie Newbigin
Almost immediately ahead of he died in February 1998, Lesslie Newbigin recorded a sequence of 8 15-minute talks, pitched at a well-liked point and entitled "A stroll during the Bible". This quantity collects the 8 talks.
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Html[21/04/11 12:58:09 PM] next page > page_37 < previous page page_37 next page > Page 37 temple while the crowds of worshippers stream in and says to them: 'It's no use. It's no use. 4), and thinking that because you worship in this temple that God is going to protect you. He is not. ' No wonder they put him in prison. And even when the armies of Babylon had captured the city and carried away its king and all its leading people and put a puppet king in his place, and Jeremiah was in prison, he still continued to affirm both God's judgement on the city and his absolutely unshakeable faith that in the end God would fulfil his promises and that he would rule again over his beloved land.
Html[21/04/11 12:58:08 PM] next page > page_35 < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 We have reached what looks like a dead end. The two Israelite kingdoms of Israel and Judah have been destroyed. Their cities are in ruins, their people have been carried away captive and their temple has been burned to the ground. It looks as if the end of the line has come. What has become of the great promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? What has become of the covenant with Moses? Of the promise that Israel is to be a royal priesthood, a holy nation on behalf of all the nations of the world?
The reforms of Josiah have come too late. The people are too deeply corrupted. They still imagine that God is like one of the socalled gods of the nations, one whose only business is to protect them and look after their interests provided they offer all the necessary sacrifices and worship. html[21/04/11 12:58:09 PM] next page > page_37 < previous page page_37 next page > Page 37 temple while the crowds of worshippers stream in and says to them: 'It's no use. It's no use. 4), and thinking that because you worship in this temple that God is going to protect you.
A Walk Through the Bible by Lesslie Newbigin