In all our seeking of God’s will we are often eager to jump into the narratives, usually on the side of or into the person of the victors. This brings the seeker to the drama and hopefully to the pixels of a high definition embedded Christ.
It is normal for readers to see themselves in the stories they read, and the more they think about the daily lives of people in Bible times as primitive and unsophisticated the less likely they are to be realistically benefited with a “takeaway”.
Avoiding and dodging
- When the evangelist tells us that Yeshua is the good shepherd he is stating a fact that does not change.
- When the evangelist tells us that the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep he is telling a story that is not recurring and that too does not change.
- When the evangelist tells us that the good shepherd describes all who preceded him he is giving us a condition that does not change.
- Sheep is us, never God
- Good shepherd is never human.
The new Testament material outside the Gospels and Acts is replete with real actors that we are slow or loath to embrace.
Empty places at the table
Who am I in that Romans 7 picture?
Who is it that, after dying to law and sin, commits him/herself to adultery with the law?
Who am I in the 1 Timothy 4 last day unbelief picture?
Have you seen any set of believers who are stepping up to to be identified as the departed and doctrinally demonized in 1 Timothy 4:1ff
The reason most Christians grow so little is that we keep committing to the same thing that started our journey, and we avoid the confessions that authorize God to change us.