Saturday, September 12, 2009

Deuteronomy 30.4 w/ Matthew 24.31

Deuteronmy 30 discusses that God will restore Israel from the Exile that would come as judgment as outlined in Deuteronomy 28.

The margin note in the New American Standard provides this literal rendition of Dt 30.4: "If your outcasts are at the end of heaven, from there the LORD your God will gather you, and from there he will bring you back." (The NAS text translates "heaven" as "earth." The NIV comes a little closer with "land under heaven." The KJV, ESV, American Standard & etc. all get it right with "heaven.")

This brings to mind Mt 24.31: "And he will send forth his angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to the other."

Jesus tells of Israel's judgment in Mt 24 (continuing his discussion from the end of Mt 23). But the OT pattern is judgment followed by repentance and then restoration. So it is here, as Israel "sees" the ascended Lord (as Jesus said they would, in his defense before the Sanhedrin, Mt 26.64), mourns (24.30, Rev 1.7), and then is restored in 24.31.


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