As I mentioned in the last post, John Mark introduced me to the doctrine of lament, indeed, to the idea that the Scriptures anticipate that God is big enough to complain to. God is not so thin-skinned that he can’t take it — and sometimes we created-beings desperately need to express our feelings to God.
We may be theologically in error in our complaining, but logic doesn’t really answer some of the hardest questions. Sometimes it helps to know that God loves us enough to hear us out — for us to shake our fists and cry and beat on his chest and beg for understanding. As I learned from John Mark, there are several Psalms that fit this mold exactly.
I’ve also been greatly helped by John Mark’s series on narrative hermeneutics — that is, understanding the Bible through the over-arching story that it tells (e.g., Theological Hermeneutics (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6b, 7, 8, 9, 10); Applied Theological Hermeneutics [“It Ain’t That Complicated”] (1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6)).
From his recent “The New Creation: A Theological Summary” —
Creation is good, but new creation is better. The creation, though it retains its inherent goodness, is presently frustrated because it is bound over to corruption. It awaits something better; it awaits a glorious liberation. The present bondage will pass away even as the creation itself is gloriously transfigured when the new heavens and new earth appear.
As the present form of the world is even now passing away, the new creation is already present. The children of God experience the first fruits of the new creation through the presence of the Spirit who transforms them from glory to glory. By this the children of God are new creatures renewed in the image of their Creator. Yet the children of God, along with the creation itself, groan for full adoption through the redemption of their bodies. This new humanity, already present by the Spirit through sanctification, will fully appear in the resurrection.