Author: Michael D. Williams
Traversing a section of the Grand Canyon is majestic enough, but to really capture its grandeur you need a bird’s eye view. I am consistently awed to dive into a book of the Bible, but it is often when I step back to see its relation to the whole that I am most stunned by glory.
Do you have problems grasping the big story of the Bible? Confused as to how God’s covenant with Noah relates to His covenant to Israel? More confused still as to how the covenants of the Old Testament relate to those of the New? Then I highly encourage Far as the Curse Is Found.
I think overall that I like Robertson’s Christ of the Covenants better, I would have to read them both again to determine that, but I know that I appreciated and enjoyed Williams greater emphasis on the redemption of the earth. Also, while Williams may be more practical, realting all of this to daily life. If you are wondering what role the earth plays in God’s eternal plan, Williams is the better book to go to. Also I think Williams did a better job clarifying the relationship of the law to the gospel, perhaps he was just more easily understood, to make a fair assessment I would need to read them both again.
On resurrection morning God was able to say again what he had exclaimed over creation so long ago: ‘It is good. It is very good.’
Existence is not the issue. Of course the gods exist. Man makes them. He can hold his idol in his hand. The issue is action, person, character. The false god of the idol maker is blind; it sees nothing. It does nothing, for it is made of wood. It can speak no word that man does not first give it. It is an impotent dead thing. Yahweh is no such manmade, lifeless god. He is not the thing made. Yahweh is the maker of all. What sets Yahweh off from the idols is the fact that he is the sovereign one, the one who comes to us, not who comes from us.
As we will see, the function of law within Scripture is the maintenance of relationship, not the creation of relationship. Legal obligation is not the precondition for life and relationship. Rather, life and relationship form the necessary environment for obligation. I tell my son that he must pick up her room and neatly put things away. I require him to do it. It is necessary for a healthy and happy relationship between us. But the ground of our relationship is not his picking up his toys and books. If it were, a visiting playmate could straighten up Saywer’s room and then earn the right to become my son. But relationship precedes obligation.