This three part dynamic is central to Israel’s worldview:
- God has given generously
- His people respond with thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving ensues in generosity, justice and inclusion
Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the heart of reality is a God of limitless generosity. Yahweh’s generosity in creation and salvation is the garden in which the Old Testament story is played out. The scope of God’s providence may be viewed with increasing imminence: the cosmos, the world, the land, the farm, the soil, the produce – all is a gift!