One Thing – Yes or no

The “one thing” interest of the New Testament times seeker was not entirely illogical; it was also reasonable.  Neither is Paul’s one thing one of the hyperbolic sayings: all thing, one thing, etc.  There really is a one thing, but there never was one thing that a man could do to get life.  In the light of the burdens imposed by the Mosaic tradition one naturally, I think, yearns to be be free.  Of course, and there is the jubilee.  Adam, by contrast, had one prohibition.The “one thing” interest of the New Testament times seeker was not entirely illogical; it was also reasonable.  Neither is Paul’s one thing one of the hyperbolic sayings: all thing, one thing, etc.  There really is a one thing, but there never was one thing that a man could do to get life.  In the light of the burdens imposed by the Mosaic tradition one naturally, I think, yearns to be be free.  Of course, and there is the jubilee.  Adam, by contrast, had one prohibition.  At the core of our chaos is the proposition that Christ is Lord.  Just him.

The people who sat in darkness are expected to rise up when the light enters their space.  They are expected to renounce – like garbage or dung – the previous darkness and every appearance of its badness.  To do so, the contemporaries of John the Baptist and Yeshua were squeezed between the scant knowledge they had of God’s Law and the prophetic teaching (and the scribes were not the best facilitators of knowledge dissemination) and the relief that the Saviour offered in word and deed.  They faced accusations of abandoning Moses and the patriarchal traditions.  A tiny remnant was graced to see the light and rise up.  The rest were blinded.  We know little of the pressures the first disciples faced and we dare to cling to what they had to discard.  None of the wise men, kings or prophets, are equipped to speak as Yeshua is.  Ask Moses!  Ask John!

All eyes on Yeshua

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. Deut 18:18,

And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. John 1:21,

Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world. John 6:14,

 

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. Acts 3:22, And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Acts 3:23,

 

So in what way can we say we have accepted our separation from the prison of the Law when we claim that it is our moral guide?  Here is another case of God approving something for which we have created a mantra “God hates divorce”.

 

Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? Rom 7:1, For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband. Rom 7:2, So then if, while [her] husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. Rom 7:3, Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Rom 7:4,

We come to Christ with no claim to circumcision or uncircumcision (Jewish or not).  We are all dead people who need life.  Did we start with Chrust from dead?   Yes or no.