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Posted on 05/11/2011 10:09:57 AM PDT by Mary Kochan
It is a commonplace among believers in God's written word to express a longing to have lived in the times depicted within its pages. To have seen, perhaps even conversed with, such towering figures of faith as Abraham, Moses, Samuel, and Nehemiah. To thrill at the great victories God granted through Joshua, David, and Jehosaphat. To imagine as we read their still-fiery words, what it would have been like to hear the messages of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hosea or Sts. Peter and Paul ring in our own ears.
The Day-to-Day Grind
Bible times seem so exciting angels walked the earth and miracles abounded. God thundered from mountaintops at Israel and whispered to Elijah in a cave. Gideon yelled and Gods enemies were thrown into confusion. Samson collapsed the idolaters house in on top of them. Daniel walked as safely among lions as his three young friends walked in fire. A touch from Elishas bones brought a man back from the dead; Peters shadow cured the sick.
But these are historical highlights, punctuations of the centuries. The quotidian reality for most people was opaque to the supernatural. Angels did not routinely show up for lunch. Crops failed from time to time and no handy prophet kept the larder full. Sicknesses were medicated when they could be and endured or died from when they couldnt be. People grumbled over government injustice and stumbled over clerical outrages and the ground did not open and swallow the perpetrators. Criminals wreaked havoc in ordinary lives and enemies pillaged without being struck down by the angel of death.
Ordinary people lived in the long shadow of great events without participating in them. They heard about, rather than saw, great acts of salvation. Prophets were a rumor more than flesh-and-blood reality and miracles believed more than seen. Folks knew that long ago and sometimes nearby, but more often faraway, something astounding had occurred. But they were not astounded; they were busy. There were spouses to court, animals to feed, markets to visit, water to draw, equipment to repair, sibling squabbles to settle, a thousand errands to run, and not enough hours in the day. Most people would say, as we do, I have a life.
To Be Continued...
Were we to visit, life in Bible times would feel familiar to us once we got used to being deprived of modern conveniences. It would not have been some world of frequently parting seas and floating ax heads, where flaming chariots routinely carried off old preachers and your taxes were paid by the catch of the day.
Life in Bible times would feel familiar to us because we live in Bible times. It isnt just that many people still exist in the way of life that would have been recognizable to Naomi and Ruth or Prisca and Aquila. We live in Bible times because the story that the Bible tells encompasses our time. Bible times do not begin "in the beginning" and end in the first century AD; they begin in the beginning and end where every story ends, at the end.
Once Upon All Time
The Author of the Bible is the Creator of time and the story He tells in the Bible is not merely the story of all time, but it is the kind of coherent story that a sane person tells. It is a story wherein the character of a Person is revealed, as characters are revealed in stories, through the accounts of their actions in time. There is one main difference, though.
In a story about a human person there is change and growth as he is confronted with challenges and adversity. The character is developed, both as a plot device and within the story line, as the protagonist makes decisions, learns and adapts.
The Author of the Bible is not changing, growing, and adapting. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. In Him we live and move and have our being. In His story ours -- of change and we hope, growth in the right direction -- is embedded. And that is why our times are Bible times.
(© 2011 Mary Kochan)
I have this attitude about “Bible times”: it’s like Hawaii - a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.
**Were we to visit, life in Bible times would feel familiar to us once we got used to being deprived of modern conveniences.**
In teaching Bible Study sessions, we very often apply what we are reading and discussing to the era in which these people lived. Then we take a second look at it and ask ourselves about how it applies to us living in our time.
In other words, what was God of Christ saying then? And what is being said to us now?
But oh, to have seen Jesus teaching on the Temple Mount, or walking with the crowds, or preaching from the boat on the Sea.
Pre-fall Eden sounds pretty good.
I’d like to know what Israel in the time of Judges was like to live in. Kinda appeals to me.
But heaven will be better.
But heaven will be better.
That is a an interesting question. Is Earth Mark II better then Earth Mark I?
The Bible is pretty sparse on the details.
“Id like to know what Israel in the time of Judges was like to live in. Kinda appeals to me.”
no running water or even pipes, not enough metal to hollow out logs for pipes like was done in Philladelphia way back when..., hauling water in skins or worse, washing clothes in running water or wood barrels if you were lucky, little or no real soap, cooking over open fires in vessels made from poorly fired clay or worse, metal so rare and expensive that little or nothing is made from it, cloth so expensive and time consuming that you own one or possibly 2 changes of clothes and that one suit took your mother years to manufacture, you probably never travel more than 45 miles from where you were born.
Add to these irritations the lack of the rule of law, tribal warfare, raiding parties, wild animals, and most of the “horrors” of any 3rd world country today.
Some people talk about how hard it is to homestead today with water and metals and plastics and washing machines and medicines and improved crops and animals... Most of us would not live past our 20’s.
Anesthesia, antibiotics, air conditioning.
I reckon that the past OT times are not equally compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. The creation today has been subject to vanity. And the creation waits for the manifestation of us, the sons of God, who are in Christ, because the creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
When this event happens, we will see and witness and partake in the glorious praising of Almighty God together with all of creation: the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars, the entire host of heaven! And of course, together with all the saved saints and believers from Adam to the present, we all will praise God with our new spiritual bodies, which are like the Lord's body, but crafted for believers.
And furthermore, we shall be given positions in the heavenly places, in Christ, to replace those places which today are occupied by daemons: i.e. invisible thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers in the heavenly governmental hierarchy; but our roles in these places will be to bring glorious liberty to the creation so that God's creation can now freely praise God, freed from the corruption and holding back by the daemons who now hold these dominions.