Are you being caught up in all the polarising topics that the world media is pumping out incessantly? The Christian church is being set up and baited just as the Pharisees constantly tried to set Jesus up.
Mat 12:10 and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him.
They asked Jesus, “Is it lawful?”
The Pharisees lived under the Old Covenant. As I have written before many times, the Old Covenant is inferior and defunct. God does not recognise that pathetic covenant anymore. No one comes to God through the Old Covenant–NO ONE!! No one is pleasing to God who continues trying to keep the Law of Moses….Let me say it again….No one pleases God who keeps trying to keep Law to be justified.
The Pharisees , so righteous and holy on the outside put a man in the synagogue who had a withered hand and they asked Jesus is it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath day. They were essentially saying ‘Is it right or wrong. Tell us Jesus.‘
Right and Wrong–Good and Evil–was where these men lived in their consciousness. They like all of us are children of Adam who chose the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil over the Tree of Life.
God had said that to eat of that tree is death. Thus to eat from that tree is death. To judge according to right and wrong, good and evil is a snare and a trap for the one wanting to Live in the Life of God.
Jesus appealed to them that acting in love for the benefit of another on the Sabbath day IS LAWFUL. Love triumphed over that religious spirit and the man was healed.
Again….”Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” John 8:6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
Once again we see the religious spirit, really the Serpent himself acting according to Law–Right and wrong, good and evil. And we see Jesus acting according to a higher Law. Love.
Of course we know the story. The only one worthy to stone the woman was Jesus, the other’s all being guilty of some sin or another. Yet Jesus forgave the woman and let her go free.
The Law said to stone her, yet Love forgave her based upon the One sacrifice for all sin soon to be made retroactive for all people for all time. Mercy triumphs over judgement!! Hallelujah!
Today the Agenda of the Serpent is to push right and wrong into the face of Christians so that they will have to choose.
They are asking,
Homosexuality….Is it wrong Church?!
The Church comes out swinging, many taking their stand on the preaching soapbox against homosexuality…..while others argue that it is okay.
Adultery, fornication, idolatry, drunkenness, covetousness are all in the same group as homosexuality, as is pedophilia and beastiality…..witchcraft and sorcery(drugs) and many more activities now called lifestyles.
The Serpent wants us to judge according to the Law…according to right and wrong, good and evil.
The problem with this is that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…including all Christians. If a Christian thinks that he or she used to fall short of the glory of God BEFORE believing in Jesus…but now they do not fall short…then their heart is deluded as John said in his letter. (1 Jn 1:8) Who are you O man who judge?
Rom 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Rom 2:2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
When God judges what do we see. We saw the woman caught in the sin of adultery forgiven and sent home still alive…not dead under a pile of stones. We see a woman with an issue of blood healed of her malady when she had no right to be out in public according to the law of Moses…she was breaking the Law!!! The accuser was shouting in her ear you are WRONG WRONG WRONG to be out here pursuing that Rabbi Jesus. But she pushed through the crowd believing that LIFE and HEALING flowed from the GRACE FILLED Man of Galilee.
There is a higher Law where God dwells–LOVE. In that sphere mercy and grace flow. Healing rivers of life flow. In that place of Love Judgement is manifested as mercy, kindness and healing for the tortured soul that has been a slave of the Serpent since birth.
The Judgement of God is according to truth against those who practice such things Paul said. God knows all about the person trapped in sin and doing sinful things to others. He knows what drives their hatred of self their hatred of God, their hatred of others. And being the loving Father that He is He judges to deliver that precious one out from their sinfulness. But NEVER does He condemn or judge in the way that we humans do.
God highly values you and all people…in fact He thinks more highly of you than He does of Himself! He respects your person….NEVER wanting to crush you….but to heal you….to love on you…to serve you. This is our Saviour and our God.
It is never about who is doing right and who is doing wrong. That attitude belongs to the serpent. Punitive punishment never reforms anyone. Love is what changes us from the inside out. And our God is Love…and yes, He lives in those who have received Jesus.
Let us love for love is of God.