Disciples of Jesus make disciples. It’s a life-changing truth. And it is one that has changed my life, as women who embraced this truth discipled me. These women knew that loving me meant concern for my growth. And so, they toiled to teach, encourage, and exhort me. These sisters helped me to increase in understanding, while also nurturing my heart, and laboring in prayer for me.
I’ve never really enjoyed the book of Esther. I’m not exactly sure why that is. Maybe it’s because I haven’t heard any teaching on it outside of children’s Sunday school. My daughter suggested that it’s because of the Veggie Tale version (Warning to all parents: Apparently the tickle torture in it creates lifelong nightmares in some children). The bottom line is that I’ve just never “gotten” it . . . until this week.
While the exegetical and theological practices of the Church Fathers differ in many ways from that of moderns, it must be remembered that the inspired word of God was still the core of their teaching. Their writings and preaching evidence a desire to both explain the text in the context of the Church, and to demonstrate how the theology of the Church informs how one reads Scripture.
If you’re creative, a dreamer, a visionary, one who possess the raw talent to get a lot of things done – you’ll face the temptation to forget Who is actually omnipotent and thus bite off a bit more than you can chew.
The New Testament authors employed NCT imagery throughout the New Testament in order to morally exhort the Church to holiness and to provide eschatological hope for sacrificial living.