I’m smart, you’re dumb; I’m big, you’re little; I’m right, you’re wrong, and there’s nothing you can do about it. (Movie/ Matilda)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7King James Version
I think of how we Christians lord church doctrine over other churches, non-Christians, etc., yet think my sin is not as bad as theirs. WOW! Certain sins may excommunicate you from the church, while every sin not washed by the blood of Jesus keeps you out of heaven. Sometimes our point of view needs adjusting.
How dangerous is your perspective?
Yet, from a Jewish perspective, if a Pharisee had cast the first stone, he would be guilty of claiming equality with God, the very reason Jesus hung on the cross. The Pharisees saw themselves better than others, their sin less dirty, but Jesus changed their perspective upward. I sometimes get locked into a western view of the bible, which is dangerous. I heard a pastor say once, how can a bridesmaid, the Jewish Nation, be the bride of Christ, the church. Matthew 24 is written to the Jewish nation, not the bride of Christ. It is about the second coming, not the rapture. I would like to add here of how many times I thought if the church is the bride, how is it that I’m the bridesmaid? Or where did Enoch go? Why are all of David’s failures told?
God’s Word has so many layers that I’m learning to adjust my point of view upward. God’s Word rings true for every believer to meet them where they are in the Christian walk. God reveals Himself in His Word. It is up to me to seek, and know Him.
I’m so thankful that God is patiently kind.
I’m smarter than the av’rage bear,
stronger than a football dude,
don’t got days that got bad hair,
and I cannot be improved
’cause God, He saw perfection
when He done made me;
from this, He took direction
for a lap of victory.
But still I have a humble heart,
won’t lord my sterling qualities
o’er those who want to be a part
of my glory; such their vanities!
I won’t gloat, but will instead
pat each foolish little head.
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Someone asked if I would have picked up the stone. I use this passage as an analogy of how we view, understand, or apply God’s Word. Sorry if that was the message you received.
It’s about understanding God’s Word as it applies to my life- yes- but it is also understanding God, amid free will, consequences, healed or not. Paul was never healed from his affliction. Why? Paul told us, that it kept him humble. The point is to look upward instead of looking down, hopping around like grasshoppers. (There is a verse in the bible where God describes us as grasshoppers.) There is a whole lot more to knowing God. The question is what am I missing by looking down. Paul had to get around his own point of view and let God open up the wonders of Himself. That’s just a wow!