By the time of our Lord, the radical reforms by Ezra et al., had been fully assimilated into Jewish life. It had also sustained the Community through wars, natural disasters, famine and military various invasions.
Yahweh was sovereign over all, even so much so that excellence in vocation was also part of their worship to him. When we arrive at the New Testament we see Jesus demonstrating lordship over material and immaterial realms.
Jesus will come on the scene centuries later to make further reforms to the existing framework, then commission his disciples to move it beyond the Community, and into the World. To this end Paul argues that,
“in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” – 2 Cor. 5:19
Join us on Sunday as we continue with my series: God was in Christ, when I will be speaking on: Incarnation, Nativity and Second Coming.
The Parish Hall
St John’s Sidcup,
Kent DA14 6BX