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Let me describe the plot of a book, and you guess what book it is:
It begins with God speaking his word with power and clarity.
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Surprisingly, God’s word is ignored and rejected.
God creates a covenant people to guard his word, and ultimately to be a light to the nations. Meanwhile, the nations go their own way in idolatry and sin.
God - Messenger - Nations - Gospel - Forgiveness
So God sends a messenger to the idol-worshiping nations to bring them the gospel of forgiveness.
In a twist, the messenger himself becomes the message—taking on the sins of sinful people, and dying a substitutionary death to propitiate God’s wrath.
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After dying, the messenger descends to Sheol, where he conquers the grave. He is then resurrected there days later, becoming a sign to both Jews and...
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