By Raymond J. Bakke
"As we glance on the world-class towns round our planet, we are facing 5 new city realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, attack guns, enormous numbers of homeless youngsters, HIV/AIDS and (in the united states) what Time journal has known as `the browning of America.' the wishes of the city inhabitants are more than ever. . . . As our towns swell with immigrants, i am reminded that Jesus was once born in a borrowed barn in Asia and have become an African refugee in Egypt, so the Christmas tale is ready a world migrant. in addition, an entire village jam-packed with child boys died for Jesus ahead of he had the chance to die for them at the move. definitely this Jesus knows the soreness of kids who die for the sins of adults in our cities." How does God see town? What does Scripture need to say approximately city ministry? those are the questions Ray Bakke has systematically addressed, starting with Genesis and carrying on with via to Revelation. here's a biblical theology that might consistently shock and problem as you get a glimpse of ways enormous God's view of town rather is.
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17-25) WHAT CITIES OUGHT TO LOOIt LIKE - o o 83 Public health for children and aged (v. 20) Housing for all (v. 21) o Food for all (v. 22) o Family support systems (v. 23) o Absence of violence (v. 25) Put simply; if this is what God says a city ought to look like, and if God's Spirit lives in me, this is what I want Chicago to look like. For me, it's not enough to measure growing churches in the city. This text forces me to look also at the social side effects of churches filled with urban disciples ofjesus.
A baby shower. The village women we saw in chapter 1 are now passing around baby abed, and Naomi is "pleasant" again. The book ends with ten names. Those names provide the interpretive clue to the terrible history of the time of the judges. Notice the last four names: Boaz, abed, Jesse, David. Period. Full stop. End of book. This baby is the promise that a king' is coming-the deliverer, the greatest king Israel will ever have is the great-grandson of this Moabite widow and will be the salvation of her mother-in-law: History is not circular; its not an accident; its not even a conspiracy.
The four Servant Songs in 40-66, including the best-known in chapter 53, place the redeemed city in the context of world redemption. I agree with the late David Bosch, who argues that Paul's eschatologically driven mission is to go beyond Rome, the world's capital city, to Tarshish (ancient Spain).! ) The Isaiah vision is never exclusively local. The biblical city is the place of redeemed nations, not only in heaven (Rev 21) but also on earth. Isaiah and Paul knew; as Christ did, that Israel's God was no tribal god.