October 17, 2017

Pastorum…Pete Enns

One of the final presenters, called to “connect the dots” on what we’ve been learning at Pastorum is Peter Enns. I spent some time with Pete earlier in the day and will report on that tomorrow, but in this post, I will follow along and live-blog while he does his presentation. Pete has just taken a position at Eastern University and has been working with BioLogos throughout this past year.

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Ancient Near Eastern ideology has concept of the cosmic battle through which order is brought to chaos and the true king is named.

The story of Exodus is not so much about Moses v. Pharaoh but about the cosmic battle between Yahweh v. the gods of Egypt. (Ex. 12:12)

The issue = whom will Israel ‘avad (worship, serve)? Will they “serve” Pharaoh and thus the gods of Egypt? Or will they “worship” Yahweh at the mountain. The Exodus is not just a story of liberation but of whom Israel will serve.

The cosmic battle motif informs the Gospel portrayal of Jesus in Mark 1-6.

  • Mark 1:12-13 — Battle with Satan
  • Mark 1-6 — Power over unclean spirits manifested in caring for the downtrodden and setting them free from sin, sickness, death (1:27 – “What is this?”)
  • Mark 4:35-41 — Jesus power over the sea (imagery from creation, Red Sea, Psalms) (4:41 – “Who is this?”)
  • Mark 6 — Feeding crowds in wilderness (who need shepherd) and walking on water.

Jesus is the King, who defeated the forces of evil and brings order out of chaos, setting the captives free.

Comments

  1. The Kredit Kingdom seems to dig your chili, pastor Mike; the cosmic spam battle yet rages…..

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    Ancient Near Eastern ideology has concept of the cosmic battle through which order is brought to chaos and the true king is named.

    Sounds like (full title from the Red Book of Westmarch) The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and Return of the King.

    Jesus is the King, who defeated the forces of evil and brings order out of chaos, setting the captives free.

    The classic epic fantasy story arc is
    1) Introduction to illustrate the natural order of things,
    2) This order is disrupted by the introduction of chaos and disorder,
    3) Heroes emerge and begin their quest to restore this order,
    4) Heroes are tried and tested again and again on their quest,
    5) Heroes defeat the chaos and restore the natural order of things from (1).

    (Or if you’re Dark & Edgy, Heroes get defeated and Chaos and Nihilism triumph. Am I Not Edgy? See How Clever I Am?)