Biblical Prophecy and Contemporary Issue

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BiblicalProphecy and Contemporary Issue

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BiblicalProphecy and Contemporary Issue

WalterBrueggemann states that Biblical prophets’ aim was to nourish,nurture, and evoke a consciousness to people. Also, they wanted togive an alternative to the dominant cultures. As such, they wouldprovide opinions that were not popular with the people. A goodexample can be drawn from Jesus. He used parables that had hiddenmeanings and one could not easily comprehend them. Throughout Hislife, Jesus utilized this technique to affirm the sentiments. Despitethe people being cold to Jesus’ teachings, it was necessary for Himto continue with them since His sole purpose on earth was to save thehumankind. This paper will analyze Jesus’ sentiments to the richman “go and sell your treasures and give it to the poor and thenfollow me.”

AsJesus stated, it is hard for a rich individual to enter the Kingdomof God. On the other hand, it is much easier for a camel to gothrough the eye of a needle than the rich to inherit his kingdom.According to Brueggemann, the prophets’ sentiments always evoked anawareness that was contrary to the traditional culture.1True to these words, Jesus’ sentiments evoked a consciousnessunknown to humankind. The rich man was left sad as the discipleswondered how one could give up all the wealth to follow Him. In thecurrent world, the gap between the rich and the poor is wide in manycountries.

Whilesome people have excessive wealth, others sleep hungry due to thelack of food. While some people languish in poverty, others havesurpluses but still the gap exists. Worryingly, the rich strive to bericher without considering the needy. Jesus’ message to thecontemporary world would be the same to the rich man in the Bible,that is, go and give out all your wealth and follow me and you willsurely inherit the Kingdom of God. As much as this sentiment evokesome consciousness, it also nurtures and nourishes God’s followers.

Priorto these sentiments, Jesus had also encouraged the rich man to keepall the commandments. However, to attain perfection, it wasimperative to give out all his wealth. The message to thecontemporary world is clear though keeping the commandments alonecan make one to inherit the Kingdom, perfection can be attainedwithout wealth. Evidently, these words are visible in the currentglobe.2

Themore one becomes richer, the further he/she strays away from thekingdom of God. As such, the message implores God’s people toreconsider their relationship with Him. Jesus sentiments wereprophetic. Wealth and the Kingdom of God can also be portrayedthrough the story of Lazarus and the rich man. Throughout hislifetime, Lazarus fed on leftovers in the rich man’s home.3The rich man never offered food to the poor Lazarus. However, whenthey both died, Lazarus went to heaven while the rich man went tohell. This message can be directed to the modern world where the richlive better lives with little to no consideration of the poor.

Themessage was important to the people at that time as well as thecurrent generation. The rich man was able to realize what he had todo to attain perfection. It became a lesson to the people at thatparticular time. The message is also vital to the contemporary world.In general, this teaching arouses some aspects that can causeconfusion among people. People may wonder if it is unbiblical to berich. That arousal makes one strive in attaining perfection even withthe riches.


Brueggemann, alter. The Prophetic Imagination. Fortress Press, 2001.

Stibbe, Alsion Heather. &quotHans Nielsen Hauge and Prophetic Imagination.&quot 2011: 1-367.

Winckles, Andrew. &quotThe Prophetic Imagination of P.B. Shelley.&quot 2011: 1-118.

1 Brueggemann, alter. The Prophetic Imagination. Fortress Press, 2001.

2 Winckles, Andrew. &quotThe Prophetic Imagination of P.B. Shelley.&quot 2011: 1-118.

3 Stibbe, Alsion Heather. &quotHans Nielsen Hauge and Prophetic Imagination.&quot 2011: 1-367.

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