Helmut Thielicke was a great preacher and theologian. Most of his sermons were preached during World War II. Thielicke had a lot of problems with the Gestapo because of his association with the Confessing Church.
Some of my favorite sermons by Thielicke were published in Between God and Satan, The Waiting Father: Sermons on the Parables of Jesus, and How the World Began: Sermons on the Creation Story. The latter book is a collection of sermons on the first eleven chapters of Genesis.
There is a quote in the book How the World Began that I have never forgotten. In his sermon on the serpent (Genesis 3), Thielicke wrote:
“The devil is more pious than a nun, and knows his Bible
better than a professor of Old Testament or a Jehovah’s Witness.”
That quote spoke to me because I am a professor of Old Testament.
If you have never read the sermons of Helmut Thielicke, I invite you to read an excellent excerpt of his sermon on the Sabbath. In his sermon on “The Great Sabbath,” a sermon based on Genesis 2:1–3, Thielicke speaks of the Great Sabbath of God: Judgment Day.
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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