Does God Love Pharaoh?
(Unfortunately, part of Tim's intro was cut off)
The Bible resounds with messages of hope and liberation for the oppressed. Jesus introduced His mission by quoting the prophet Isaiah:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour."
That sounds wonderful - unless you're the oppressor.
Time and again, the oppressor is personified in the Bible as the dominant powers of the day: the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Persians and - in Jesus' day - the Romans. If the Bible were written today, which nations or organisations would it use?
Who are the Egyptians and who are the Hebrew slaves today? Does the Bible have anything to say to the Egyptians? Is there any good news for them?
Join us at CHOW this week as we reflect on this subject with the help of Tim and Simon Nash - and Pastor Brian Zahnd's article: "My Problem with the Bible." (http://brianzahnd.com/2014/02/problem-bible/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+brianzahnd+%28BrianZahnd.com%29)