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    March 31st, 2012 @ 10:15 am by Kevin

    I don’t think I’d heard of Derek Flood before yesterday, but I’m glad I stumbled his article, “The Way of Peace and Grace,” which was recently published in Sojourners Magazine. In it, Flood suggests that the Apostle Paul’s conversion was actually a conversion away from the religiously sanctioned violence he had formerly embraced as a Pharisaic heresy hunter. From the article:

    “Paul’s conversion from religious violence to the way of grace in Christ became the interpretive lens through which he subsequently read all of scripture. This enabled him to sort through the Hebrew Bible’s competing narratives, rejecting the way of violence he had formerly held, and zeroing in on the scriptures that pointed to God’s grace revealed in Christ.”

    I find Flood’s brief analysis fascinating in light of similar arguments put forward by Michael Hardin, Sharon Baker and others who have argued that Jesus approached the Hebrew scriptures in exactly the same way.

    P. S. Another resource I’m in the process of exploring is Eric Seibert’s book Disturbing Divine Behavior, which inspired the title of this post.

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  1. Joh 2:13-18 KJV
    (13) And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
    (14) And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
    (15) And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
    (16) And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.
    (17) And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
    (18) Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

    Violence has a time and place. The judgment is one of those times and places.

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