Getting our attention

Getting our attention

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.  Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Whatever Jesus traced in the dust beneath the angry gaze of religious bigots high on adrenaline, it helped Him sort out His response to the problem of a woman taken in adultery.   Eventually looking up, He uttered a single sentence and watched the rules of the Sanhedrin decision-making break down —

“All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” – John 8:7

The older men, notables who normally reserved their power of veto until after the younger rulers and committed themselves, on this occasion broke with precedence and voted first.  The thoughtful pause of a crouching Christ had ramifications beyond the expectations of furious critics and a sobbing woman.

When Paul picked up the theme of the ‘unknown god’ in the respected Athenian council of the Areopagus, he latched onto a basic anxiety among the Greeks.  The apostle had chosen the right altar to take interest.

The Bible bears testimony to many simple statements, questions and deeds which acted on their audiences like today’s ‘passwords’ on computer programs.  Christians are surviving, fighting, winning, losing rejoicing and suffering in towns on the western seaboard of Asia Minor at the end of the first century, and ‘angels’ mediate messages which touch the nerve of each community.

 

 

 

 

 

About evanlaar1922

Have you ever noticed how many special ways God refers to us, His dear children? He calls us His beloved sons and daughters, the righteous, children of the kingdom, His anointed, royal priesthood, the faithful in Christ, His temple, His friends, and so many other loving names that speaks to who we are in Him. Also in many cases, the names we are given at birth have both biblical and heavenly identities tied into them. Our Heavenly Father who watches over us daily has created the ideal path for each of us to take to travel the journey of life, just as a father will make plans for his own child by putting things in place at a very early age for education, health, graduation, and marriage. God has predestined and equipped each of us to carry out a specific purpose that will create the design He desires to be in place for His kingdom to be effective in the earth.
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