Redemptive history is littered with irony. Just consider two passages:
“And the king said, “Hang him on that.” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.” (Est 7:10)
“Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions–they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.” (Dan 6:23-24)
I suspect that when we think of the cross, the word irony doesn’t come to mind. But in this superb message, D.A. Carson demonstrates that there is in fact a profound irony at play. I heartily recommend it, not for only its insight, but because of its broad appeal and excellent presentation.
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Must Listen Factor: It’s a must listen. Scavengers, Casuals and Infrequents will all benefit from this message.
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