I recently finished reading the excellent little book by Alan Jacobs titled How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. In this post I will review some of the highlights of the book and make some applicational comments along the way.
God holds Himself to account so that arguably His coming for the purpose of extending salvation is part of the justice He requires of Himself. All the earth thunders with the Reality that He created what is “very good,” benevolent and life-supporting toward every other aspect of creation and yet, paradoxically, toward “free will” or “choice” that can resolve down to decay and death (Gen .2:16-17). He allows for the possibility of deplorable rebellion, yet never dismisses the labor of His own hands but retains accountability to ever act toward restoration.
Those of us living in twenty-first century America find ourselves in a culture obsessed with the heroic. The popularity of the current spate of superhero movies, which shows no sign of going away any time soon, is perhaps the most flamboyant manifestation. But the issue is even more pervasive, extending to heroes of all kinds: sports heroes, war heroes, even the “everyday” heroes featured at the ends of newscasts.
Hays asserts that the gospel writers demonstrate a figural, retrospective reading of the OT throughout their works. Just as the gospels cannot be understood correctly without understanding the background of the OT, so the OT itself cannot be correctly understood apart from the coming of Christ as revealed in the gospels. This valuable book examines the evangelists’ retrospective interpretation of the OT through the citations, allusions, and echoes they use to compose their masterpieces.
Justice with equity is something that I expect from God (Deuteronomy 32:4). It is beyond the ability of any human or human institution to provide it, thus our hope should never rest in any human institution.