Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
First, preachers can interpret apocalyptic texts by looking not just at what they say but at what they evoke among those who hear them. Second, analysis of apocalyptic texts as a literary genre shows that many objectionable features of the stock plots are parodied or even omitted in the New Testament. Third, seen from the perspective of emerging new realities, symbols of cosmic cataclysm become pastorally helpful for interpreting theologically our own situations of wrenching social change.
In the final chapters, Jacobsen shows how to move from text to sermon for apocalyptic texts included in the lectionary.