I’ve been chatting to three different mates about their sermons this week. In each case the commentaries they have read and the sermons they have listened to have, in the end, put us in the driver’s seat. Ironically, those commentators and preachers who make the most noise about being “God-centred” have seemed to be the most keen to put us at the centre.
And it doesn’t seem to matter which testament they’re preaching from. Two friends are preaching from Psalms. And even though the Psalmist is described in impossibly lofty terms – an Ideal King and Sufferer and Worshipper – yet the applications from the great and good leave us aspiring to approximate the Psalmist’s experience. (And Jesus is brought in at the end as someone who really approximated the Psalmist’s experience rather well!).
My other friend is preaching on the parable of the man who finds the treasure and buys the field. He is surrounded by evangelical interpretations which make us the protagonists in the whole kingdom drama. (Suffice to say, that is not the way I take it!)
It’s reminded me yet again that “Christ in the Old Testament” is just the tip of the iceberg. We need to fight a much more basic battle – Christ in all Scripture. Is it really all about Him?
It’s also reminded me: You gotta watch those “God-centred” preachers!