The hardness of hearts is related to the timing of the message.
What is the purpose of wisdom literature? Why this unique genre in the midst of the Old Testament? We could say that the Pentateuch, historical books and prophets are all dealing with what God says. The wisdom books are men speaking what God says, back to Him. So, what do we need to know from the wisdom books?
The topic is community in the church. Community is the true unity of brothers and sisters produced by sincere love expressed in the many “one another” passages in the Bible. This sounds like a piece of heaven here and now. But achieving it is messy at best. I’m going to divide this writing into two parts.
We may think that biblical counseling is something new on the scene – Thomas Boston proves otherwise as he, along with many other puritans brought practical application of the Word to the trials the flock faced in their day. He also wrote several works that profoundly impacted the common people among whom he ministered. One of those books is, The Crook in the Lot. The purpose of the book is to help you face affliction with faith (“not by sense”) and to properly interpret suffering and trials through the lens of Scripture and the redeeming work of Christ.
Surely there is untapped potential for evil lurking in every human heart and the news stories that we read should cause us to reflect on the state of our own hearts. They should remind us that apart from the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and his Spirit at work within us that we too would be lost in a sea of ethical confusion.
In Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love author John Crotts seeks to provide readers with a “wide variety of practical methods for cultivating graciousness in the Christian life. This will equip Christians who are passionately committed to truth to put on a corresponding Christlike heart of graciousness.”