So then God in the Scriptures “lisps” to us, that is, comes down to our level of thinking. Now, Pete shows persuasively that this includes cultural context. God reveals himself in Scripture in a thoroughly historical way, including cultural context. So then my main question in relation to progressive revelation and even in dealing with how the OT can be normative for us today is,
“What if “our level of thinking” is wrong?” What does it mean for God to “meet us where we are” or more appropriately, for God to “meet the Israelites where they were,” if that place is a place of error (in the case of Israel’s acceptance of the existence of a pantheon of gods following their fellow ANEers) or a place of myth (in the case of primordial history)?
What are the implications if we say that God ‘lisps’ to Israel and develops them through their history (of redemption as found in Scripture) to bring them to a place of true understanding of God?
This may bring up some sticky hermeneutical or normativity issues but I also think it helps me to understand more the ‘suprising’ revelation of Christ. He is in fact the capstone to this true development we find in history as recorded in the Scriptures. Any thoughts?