Monday, March 12, 2012

Gospel: A different kind of divine sovereignty?

Technicolor Joseph dominates the story of Genesis. The first book begins with Adam and runs to this second Adam. An altogether Messianic figure, a suffering servant who is then raised up fills up the final quarter of the book - a strange figure who isn't in the line of the true second Adam but resembles him vividly.

Early on his brothers hate him. They hate that he's loved by the father. They hate that its prophesied that all will bow to him. (Genesis 37)

And then it begins to happen. (Genesis 41). Except, when the Pharaoh tells the world to go to this Christ - this world-saviour - its not to be oppressed by a tyrant.

They come in days of famine. The world is cursed.

And he has food. Abundantly.

His sovereignty is of a kind that feeds them. Where else would they go? He is life to them...

This is the sovereignty of a loved one, who has been afflicted and now having been raised up gives to the afflicted.

Gospel shaped sovereignty isn't about imposing, but providing, giving, loving.

Sovereignty that fills the empty tastes very different, doesn't it?