Saturday, July 15, 2023

Hoskyns: it actually happened

Saturday, July 15, 2023
    Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862
    Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar, Bishop, Peacemaker, 1274
    While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
    —Matthew 17:5 (NIV)
    The scandal of the Bible does not lie so much in its claim to record the Word of God, as in its insistence that the Word of God is to be heard in a particular historical happening, in a particular locality—and only there. To put it in a provocative manner: the Bible is theology. It is historical theology. It can reveal its meaning only to those who regard it as the Word of God, and are able to preserve a strict confidence in the universal significance of particular historical occasions.
    ... Sir Edwyn C. Hoskyns (1884-1937), We are the Pharisees, London: SPCK, 1960, p. 58 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 17:5; Gen. 15:9-21; 16:13-14; 17:7-8; Ex. 3:7-8; Num. 13:17-20; Ps. 25:12-13; 37:9-11; Matt. 2:1-2; Luke 2:10-11; 3:1-2; Acts 17:1,14-15; 18:1; 20:1; 25:1-2; 27:1-3; 28:14-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your intervention in history is powerful and gracious.
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