Sunday, 7 August 2016
Richard B Hays, SPCK, 2015, page 43
In the chapter 'Torah Transfigured', in which he examines the way Matthew's gospel echoes, interprets and reads backwards the Hebrew Bible, Richard Hays hits a critical point:
That is the reason why there is hope for the future: violence and exile do not have the final word, for G-d's love for Israel will prevail and bring about restoration.
Perhaps we can see that today in a number of ways. The obvious example must be the restoration of the State of Israel in 1948, following the Holocaust during WWII. But a more recent example may be the current Israeli-Arab conflict, adn a third example is surely the way the church has historically treated Jews compared to the number of Jewish people coming to faith in Yeshua in these days.