Time is very much a human concept. We are reminded that with "the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years a day" (Psalm 90:4). We may operate on Eastern Standard Time or Greenwich Mean Time, but God works on eternal time. Sooner or later, our earthly time will come to an end. But, God does not work according to human timetables.
First-century Christians are becoming disillusioned by the long wait for Christ's return, which would lead to a new heaven and a new earth. The delay has been so long that people are beginning to doubt whether it ever will come.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.