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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

the shapely redemption

1st bible study on exodus tonight, 1st sermon last sunday

one thing i noticed was the similarity to romans 5, the opening up and narrowing and reopening of sin and salvation:
Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.(5:18-19)
in and up to the book of Exodus you have a similar thing, the openness to a bottleneck and then the broad inclusiveness:
--> the broadness of blessing all creation
--> blessing of Israel and family
--> blessing of Joseph
--> oppression of Israel
--> oppression of Moses
--> redemption of Moses
--> Redemption of Israel
--> Redemption of all creation

makes you think of a coke bottle... or an hourglass... and bad american day-time soaps...

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OpenID nathanjameslee said...

Really excited about this series in Exodus!
Someone in our group last night noted another Gen 12:10ff with Abraham's visit to Egypt and his encounters with Pharaoh there.
Both his and your reflections really make me want to be able to tune my ear to hear these kinds of echoes in Scripture!

2:32 pm  
OpenID nathanjameslee said...

*Or Abram, rather, as he was then known.

2:33 pm  
Blogger psychodougie said...

what do you think the parallels are getting at? the plagues in particular?

it's interesting because going into Egypt in Abram & Sarai's case was under false pretences (i heard one preacher say he pimped his wife!), whereas with Joseph's entry it was all legit.

or were they just noting the way YHWH gets his people out of places is thru plaguing them into not just letting them go but forcing them out (cf the tumours in 1 Samuel 5)?

2:55 pm  

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