By Meredith G. Kline
As intimated by means of the subtitle, Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview, the fast literary concentration of this learn is the ebook of Genesis and its account of the formative a while within the eschatological flow of the dominion of God from construction to consummation. As additionally indicated by means of the subtitle, our biblical-theological statement on Genesis is designed to discover the rules of God’s covenantally administered nation with its significant ancient advancements and its institutional constructions and capabilities. during this method country Prologue seeks to supply an introductory caricature of the over-all form of the biblical worldview and the nature of biblical faith.
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Multiple aspects of God's nature were thus revealed in the Glory-SpiritName. In sum, this Name-theophany declared God to be heavenly Lord and Judge of all the earth, "glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders" (Exod 15:11). Hovering over the face of the waters in the beginning, the Glory-Spirit was the Creator-King present in almighty power, poised to fashion deep-anddarkness into a heaven on earth and promising to transform the death realm into a realm of abundant life. More than that, the Glory-Spirit provided a preview of the finished creation-structure, for this theophanic Spirit-formation was a divine paradigm as well as a divine power for the work of creation.
Man was another. Man was a replica of the Glory-Spirit in that, for one thing, he was made to be the temple of the Creator-Spirit. In order to see something more of the multifaceted truth of man's imagelikeness to the Glory-Spirit, we shall now review further the nature of that divine Paradigm, noting some of the glory-features of the Spirit that enter into the glory-image bestowed on man. Central and quintessential was the glory of lordship, embodied in the Lord of Glory enthroned as King of kings in the midst of the angelic hosts of the divine council.
Isa 66:1b; cf. ; Acts 7:49). And David spoke of his intention "to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord and for the footstool of our God" (1 Chr 28:2), while Psalm 132 exhorts: "Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool. 7,8; cf. Num 10:35,36) ... "for Yahweh has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling [or seat]. This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell [or sit enthroned]" ( w . 13,14). When God's seventh day resting is referred to in the Sabbath commandment in the Decalogue (Exod 20:11), the verbal root of menuchah, "rest," the term used for God's temple enthronement in these passages, is employed in the place of the verb shabath used in Genesis 2:2.