Some Are Born to Endless Night

In this season of Halloween, very alive in my neighborhood, this week’s focus on instances of resurrection from death feels fitting. Like the classic John Carpenter film Halloween (1978), which dies and rises again and again, hope for a sequel in our life and stories springs eternal. More than cats, the movie franchise has had 13 resurrections. That’s also more than the number of resurrections documented in the Bible according to the Adult Bible Study Guide.  


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/12052

The text from 2 Kings 13:20-21 is peculiar. The prophet Elisha is dead and, en passant, it is mentioned that another corpse, out of lack of time (under an attack of Moab) thrown into the tomb to Elisha, starts to move and then, after touching Elisha’s bones, suddenly rises out of the tomb alive. Of course a modern critical reader might object that this second corpse may have been a misdiagnosed unconscious person and not have been dead at all. But this text-relativist view would miss another exciting interpretation.

The wondrous and entertaining stories of Elisha and his looser of a servant Gechazi can be found from 1 Kings 19 to 2 Kings 13. Elisha was called by Elijah. Elijah, in turn, is traditionally considered a forerunner of Jesus (e.g. Mal. 3:23 and Matt. 17:13). Seen in this way, Elisha can also be seen as a type for Jesus himself, since he was also Elijah’s successor. And interestingly enough, in the Gospels, many (all?) of Elisha’s miracles can be found as a remake by Jesus, so Jesus appears to be a kind of Elisha copy. (And the Gechazis are us🤪)

If now 2 Kings 13:21 also relates typologically to Jesus, then this text suddenly makes an interesting statement: Jesus gives us life out of his grave as well!

This would support the hypothesis that the most decisive thing on Calvary happened neither on friday nor on sunday, but on the Sabbath when Jesus lay in the tomb. And that this is the very reason we keep the Sabbath. This would explain why the Father did not yet raise him up on the Sabbath; this would explain the discrepancy between the two versions of the 10 commandments; that would explain why the Sabbath celebration is not just a peripheral dogma - and much more.

In a strange way, that we have to understand better yet, there seems to be power not only at the cross but also in the grave!

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Interesting take. Although even the Catholic Church has written a book which Adventists have re-published over and over called Rome’s Challange. In it they make a very strong case that they had the authority to change the day from Saturday to Sunday and that virtually all the protestant churches must have recognized their authority to do so or they would, otherwise, have reverted the Sabbath back to Saturday.

Or they realised that the day itself was not the main point.

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