Main Session #2: “#Blessed: Old Testament Blessing and Its Application Today” by Rusty Osborne
Summary: In this session, Dr. Osborne notes our cultural fascination with blessing, but also considers how this is rarely rooted in a biblical-theological framework. He suggests that our misunderstanding of blessing has led many to either embrace the Prosperity Gospel or to speak of blessing in terms that sound much like the Prosperity Gospel. In response, Dr. Osborne considers a biblical theology of blessing, especially focusing on how the Old Testament covenantal blessings are ultimately fulfilled in Christ through the Holy Spirit and, therefore, although we experience blessing today, we also await a future, more glorious blessing in the New Jerusalem. He ultimately concludes that true blessing is in the kingdom of God and the inheritance that is coming, not in the satisfaction of carnal desires for material things.
Dr. Rusty Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Osborne is the editor for two journals, the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament and Faithful Lives, and he is the author of Trees and Kings and co-editor of a recent volume entitled Riddles and Revelations. He and his wife, Sara, have four children: Sophia, Eleanor, Moses, and Henry.