While it is hard for us to not include an afterlife in our thinking, the idea was not strong in the Old Testament. Most often, life after death was considered to be a diminished state, the deceased becoming ‘shades’ in ‘sheol’, shadows of their former self (as opposed to a glorified body) With Ezekiel there is some notion of a resurrection, but at times the focus was more on the resurrection of the nation than each individual. Daniel is one of the last books written in the Old Testament, and by the time that book was written, the idea of an afterlife had developed quite a bit. Shining brightly like stars is a long way from a ‘shade’ in ‘sheol’! The idea of one’s name being ‘written in the book’ is also a later development. What about your name?

Sunday, November 15, 2015