I do not thing Kuhn had a truth when he had is hiig idea that we have paradigms, and they shift. He was not talking about what is or the truth, he was talking about theories, models.
Metaphors. What the woke call narratives.
These are always incomlete. So when the Jews read Jeremeiah they considered that it was impossible for the line of David to end. But it did, real soon. It was impossible for there to be no temple and sacrifiee, but there was.
And it would be impossible for the Messiah, the righteous branch of David, to die for the sins of Israel, and beyond that, for the sins of the world. They wanted him to come and bring entternal justice.
Andtoo any of them have put themselves, along with liberal clerics of all stripes, in the place of God, saying that they will bring justice, and forgetting that they are flawed and mortal.
Correct thoughs are not always positive. Sometimes the weeds in our thoughts are comforting. That it will not happen to ur, to our nation, to our people.
But if God would not spare Israel he will not spare us.
10 “Thus says the Lord: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast’, in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again 11 the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord:
“‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
for the Lord is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever!’
For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord.
12 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: In this place that is waste, without man or beast, and in all of its cities, there shall again be habitations of shepherds resting their flocks. 13 In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the Lord.
14 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousne
32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”
Christ knew what was going to happen, and he knew that the prophets had predicted this, for he told them, as he had told his disciples. But at times our models of the world don’t fit with reeality,
Part of the problem is that we can’t comprehed God. It is too big. We can not comprehend his mercy for us, nor his holiness. We tend to make him small and us big.
And in building our models — and I do post systematic theology weekly, which is a model — we have to hol dthem lightly. For the reality is greater than what we can handle.
But ths I do know> Christ died for sinners. None of us are righteous. And this is a time of mercy, for ne wants no one to be damned,by their own doing, but to turn to him.