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.
How many times do I forgive a brother or sister who mistreats me? Should I forgive them seven times? Jesus answers, “seventy-seven times.” Forgiving one seven times sounds reasonable to the average human being, the operative word in that phrase being “sounds.” But Jesus ups the amount. His point isn’t that we forgive someone exactly seventy-seven times and no more. Rather, our mercy and forgiveness is to be without end, since God’s mercy toward us for our sin is endless.
This short series is an attempt to relieve some of the unnecessary (and unbearable!) pressure we so often place on ourselves by assuming that we possess the incommunicable attributes of God. God is creator. We are creation. God transcends space and time. Not us. God has no limits or potential. Not us. God needs help with nothing. Not us.
This semester, we continue to spotlight Western Seminary’s faculty members. Today, we feature Dr. Robert Krupp, Associate Professor of Church History and Library Director.
The easiest way to define the doctrine of “omniscience” is to “know it all.” The Bible is unmistakably clear that God is the only one who, quite literally, exhaustively knows all there is to know about everything in the past, present, and future.