Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey

God’s Law, Part Two (Story of Scripture 7)

February 19, 2021 David Hershey Season 1 Episode 7
Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey
God’s Law, Part Two (Story of Scripture 7)
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Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey
God’s Law, Part Two (Story of Scripture 7)
Feb 19, 2021 Season 1 Episode 7
David Hershey

In today’s episode we wrap up our brief, wholly insufficient, but hopefully helpful investigation of God’s Law. Last week we focused on how the Law is not some separate thing from God’s over-arching purpose for Israel (and humanity). Instead, God’s Law reveals that God has always acted with grace towards people. The Law was not to earn God’s love but was given after God had already acted in salvation and liberation. Thus, the Law was the sign of the covenant. In living this Law, Israel would be a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations. God’s mission would advance as Israel followed the Law.

Today we look at how to interpret the Law. Honestly, there is stuff in there that is ridiculous and abhorrent. The key is to remember the Law is not meant to, and was never meant to, be a universal law for all times and places. It is rooted in a specific context. This does not mean it has no meaning for us, but we may need to dig deeper for meaning.

Since the last few podcasts were about the Law, let me share a few helpful books on how to interpret the law and the Bible. The first two focus in on how to interpret the Old Testament while the next two step back and look at scripture as a whole. Finally, the last book listed shows how the Bible was interpreted prior to the Civil War and is a must read for anyone desiring to understand the history of Biblical interpretation in the USA.

Is God a Moral Monster by Paul Copan

God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist by David Lamb

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture has made us Unable to Read it by Peter Enns

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Learning to Love the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll

Show Notes

In today’s episode we wrap up our brief, wholly insufficient, but hopefully helpful investigation of God’s Law. Last week we focused on how the Law is not some separate thing from God’s over-arching purpose for Israel (and humanity). Instead, God’s Law reveals that God has always acted with grace towards people. The Law was not to earn God’s love but was given after God had already acted in salvation and liberation. Thus, the Law was the sign of the covenant. In living this Law, Israel would be a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations. God’s mission would advance as Israel followed the Law.

Today we look at how to interpret the Law. Honestly, there is stuff in there that is ridiculous and abhorrent. The key is to remember the Law is not meant to, and was never meant to, be a universal law for all times and places. It is rooted in a specific context. This does not mean it has no meaning for us, but we may need to dig deeper for meaning.

Since the last few podcasts were about the Law, let me share a few helpful books on how to interpret the law and the Bible. The first two focus in on how to interpret the Old Testament while the next two step back and look at scripture as a whole. Finally, the last book listed shows how the Bible was interpreted prior to the Civil War and is a must read for anyone desiring to understand the history of Biblical interpretation in the USA.

Is God a Moral Monster by Paul Copan

God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist by David Lamb

The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture has made us Unable to Read it by Peter Enns

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Learning to Love the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll