Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rightly Relating to Our Owner

Commenting on these words, "Behold, all souls are mine," from Ezekiel 18:4, Christopher Wright says, "The claim of this text is . . . that all human persons, all human lives, belong to Yahweh. That in itself is a staggeringly universal affirmation. It is comparable in its massive implications to the opening claim of Psalm 24:1: 'The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it.' . . . It means, then, that human beings, far from living in the grip of fatalistic and impersonal laws, actually live in relation to the personal God Yahweh. to whom all lives belong. Human life is relational. History is relational. Yahweh is not the quasi-personal name of some distant and impersonal divine force. He is the personal owner of every human person who has ever lived, lives or will live on this planet. Literally, all lives, they belong to me.' What an enriching and affirming anthropology! All human life is related to the personal ownership of Yahweh, not abandoned to impersonal forces.
"This is a foundational and reassuring truth for all those engaged in the struggles and ambiguities of evangelistic and pastoral ministry. The lives of all those to whom we minister already belong ultimately to Yahweh, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our task is to help them to find, or return to, or relate to, their rightful owner."

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