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Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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The church can take two things from the narrative.

First, it understands the biblical story better, for what it actually is, not as something always to be exploited for its own modern purposes. I would argue that the simple act of telling, retelling, learning, clarifying, reimagining the story without always having to draw lessons from it, is a good and necessary thing.

Secondly, if we must draw lessons from it, the challenge would be to identify  and understand our own “escatological” narrative. What is our crisis? What is our future? What is the creator God doing now to safeguard the future viability of his people? Then we ask what sort of spiritual, intellectual, ethical, practical, etc., characteristics are required in order to fulfil that purpose.