John Goldingay –
Old Testament Theology Volume One, Israel's Gospel
I am currently breakign up my research day (Mark’s Gospel, Temple, Atonement) with reading a few pages of Goldingay. He is a greatre writer and causes one to think outside normal systematic catergories.
‘God is not a micromanager who seeks to make every decision for the company, but the wiser kind of executive who formulates clear goals but involves the work force in determining how to implement them, and also recognizes that the failure of members of the work force will require ongoing flexibility in pursuing these goals. The story does not give the mpression that from the beginning God had planned the flood, or the summons of Abraham, or the exodus, or the introduction of the monarchy, or the building of the temple, or the exile, or the sending of the messiah. It portarys these as responses to concrete situations, while all are outworkings of God’s purpose and character. Our security lies not in the world’s actual story being the outworking of God’s plan (that would be scary) but in its unfolding within the control of an executive who will go to any lengths to see that the vision gets fulfilled–even dying for it. In this sense the lamb of God was slain before the world’s foudnation. God has always been that kind og God.’ Page 60
What do you think?