Carmen Joy Imes is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Biola University and a fellow for the Every Voice Kingdom Diversity initiative. She is the author of Praying the Psalms with Augustine and Friends (TUMI, 2021) and Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (IVP, 2019). Her current projects include a commentary on Exodus for Baker Academic and a book exploring human vocation as the Image of God. Carmen blogs at www.carmenjoyimes.blogspot.com and you can also find her on YouTube.
Jesus pronounced judgment on the entire system and dismantled it with a whip – modeling for us how to treat egregious distortions of Christian worship that distract from God’s redemptive work. This is not politics “out there,” in the public square, but in house.
The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob cried out for deliverance, and Yahweh heard them (Exodus 2:23). Notice carefully: Yahweh did not offer to comfort the Hebrews. Yahweh did not tell them to endure their situation because things would all work out in the end, or because after death they would be “in a better place.” Instead, Yahweh acted on covenant promises made with their ancestors by entering history.