Thursday, April 09, 2009

On the Third Day: reflections on the Resurrection of Jesus

Posted for The Evangelical Alliance, Slipstream blog day on the resurrection.

Jim Hamilton on the books of Samuel and Jesus...
[In David's rise to power we see the ] king who would be anointed, who would save God’s people, and who would restrain their evil.
This king would be something of a surprise—he would come in an unexpected way, and he would be opposed by the establishment. He would follow in the footsteps of those “of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb 11:38).
This coming king might be expected to take responsibility for wrongs done by others, be betrayed by those whom he had blessed, and refuse to lift his hand to defend himself but rather entrust himself to God, who judges justly.
This king would almost certainly be expected to crush the head of the serpent, and in so doing he would have his heel struck. And something remarkable might be expected to happen “on the third day,” [for David: see the end of 1 Sam and start of 2 Sam] after which, like not only David but all the righteous kings of Israel, he would seek to build the temple.
James Hamilton, The typology of David's rise to power, MP3.
And then pay attention to detail...
Nor are these the only two significant “third days” in the Old Testament: Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac “on the third day” (Gen 22:4).=
Yahweh came down on Mount Sinai to meet Israel “on the third day” (Exod 19:11, 16).
The Lord raised up Hezekiah “on the third day” (2 Kgs 20:5).
The second temple was completed “on the third day” (Ezra 6:15).
Esther interceded on behalf of the Jewish people “on the third day” (Esth 5:1).
And perhaps most significantly, Jonah was in the belly of the whale “three days and three nights” (Jon 2:1 [ET 1:17]), while Hosea prophesied that the people, having been torn by Yahweh as by a lion (Hos 5:14–6:1), would be raised up “on the third day”
(See Matthew Henry on: Hosea 6:2)
Big stuff happens on the third day.
Victory happens on the third day.
Salvation happens on the third day.

When Paul writes that Jesus was 'raised on the third day according to the scriptures' it's not so much one specific text in view as the unstoppable torrent of God's salvation history that demands new life and victory on the third day.

Jim Hamilton references GK Beale's excellent The Temple & The Church's Mission which is a seriously helpful (if long) book. Particularly helpful is what Hamilton draws on in terms of the mandate to expand Eden to a global temple. A temple extended out from Jerusalem by the disciple-makers from Matthew 28 forwards.. a place ruled over by the Third-Day-Resurrected Man, first-fruits of God's new creation.

More from James Hamilton at
This post is a light edit of something I've posted before.

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