(If you’re just joining us, you’ll need to start with Part One for the series to make sense.)
Over the past two days, we’ve seen how Israel had a hope for the future. When God acted to restore them, they’d return to the promised land, throw off the yoke of foreign rule and oppression, and experience a time of peace, prosperity, healing, and justice. Furthermore, they’d be given the ability (“a new heart”) to live as God’s image-bearers they way God had always intended.
We also looked at the timing: a first return from exile in which they reoccupy the land, and a second, fuller return when all of God’s promises would be fulfilled. And by the time of Jesus, the expectation was that this would happen any minute now!
Today, we start by looking at the question: How?