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Work and Our Labor in the Lord (Short Studies in Biblical Theology)

, 2017
ISBN: 9781433549953

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“You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.”—Psalm 128:2. Work has been a part of God’s good creation since before the fall—created to reflect his image and glory to the world. What are we to make of this when work today is all too often characterized by unwanted toil, pain, and futility? In this book, pastor, professor, and biblical scholar James Hamilton explores how work fits into the big story of the Bible, revealing the glory that God intended when he gave man work to do, the ruin that came as a result of the fall, and the redemption yet to come, offering hope for flourishing in the midst of fallen futility.

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“understand the interpretive perspective of the biblical authors is to attempt to understand their worldview” (Page 11)

“How a man understands himself, his fundamental assumptions about the world, God, and his own sense of purpose will be made manifest in the way he does his work.” (Pages 22–23)

“The filling, subduing, and ruling are to be done for God’s sake and in God’s way to display God’s own character” (Page 22)

“Genesis 2:15 seems to point to a restorative rhythm of work and rest, even a restful work” (Page 24)

“From the narrative we derive propositional truths: God made man to work, but sin resulted in God’s judgment. God’s word of judgment against sin makes the work painful, the environment cursed, and the relationships between men and women strained. Because of sin, work will be futile, frustrating, and fatal. Everyone dies.” (Pages 36–37)

Dr. Jim Hamilton is Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Senior Pastor of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He has written numerous books, including God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology and What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns. He is also the author of the EBTC commentary on Psalms along with a book on Typology. You can follow him on Twitter @DrJimHamilton


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  1. Tyler Rosenquist
    Could have been so much better if the author hadn't delved into making his complementarian agenda a litmus test for not being rebellious. None of the other volumes I have enjoyed felt the need to mistake personal eisegesis for the one and only way to interpret the text. One can love God and be faithful and devoted without being so tied to the idea of fixed gender roles that it leads to public accusations of rebellion. Disappointing volume in an otherwise excellent series.
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