Is Passover just a historical event or does it mean something more for Christians today? That is the subject of Chris Hodges’ new book Four Cups. Hodges gives a brief overview of what led to Passover but the majority of the book focuses on how God’s promises to the people of Israel in those days are, in Hodges’ opinion, promises not just to the Israelites when they were in bondage, but promises that Christians today can claim.
To accurately interpret Scripture, it’s critical to know the context, and these four promises – “four cups” as Hodges calls them – were offered to a specific people, in a time and place long ago. Hodges maintains that these promises are still valid for people today, which led me to wonder how Hodges made this conclusion. God’s promise to deliver the Israelites from bondage did occur, but Hodges claims that the promise for freedom (in Leviticus) is a promise to redeem people from addictions, bad habits and other sins. If your interpretation is literal, this is a problem. However, if your interpretation is based on the whole work of the Bible, you might conclude that the nature of God makes this possible. Throughout Four Cups, Hodges references other Bible verses not related to the four promises in Leviticus that paint a broader, wider picture of the nature of God.
As an overview of God’s nature, Four Cups is a well-written, easy-to-read book. It will serve those new to the faith as well as those already familiar with the Bible.
FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a free copy of Four Cups.