Question of the day
What can “sources close” to the Messiah say to muddy the waters and trample the green grass? (Ezekiel 34:16)
Here are an outrageous few
To set up the answers let me connect the dots of water, the grass, and the “close sources”. You have likely heard the popular opener for many news items, which instead of feeding the news follower the facts from the subject, the anchor or reporter keeps teasing people with what unnamed “sources close to” who ever have to say. This introduces us to a host of people spouting “thees” and “thines” while conveniently skipping “doest” and “loveth”.
GOD punishes you but not me for violating the law
But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? (Romans 2:3, NASB)Grace makes them obedient to law
The gift of life can turn out to be a mistake
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. (John 5:21, NASB)Eternal life is a testing stage like Sinai, and Messiah does more killing than giving life
We have to teach you the doctrines for you to become a child of God
“…Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 18:3, NASB)Neither kids nor adults need a knowledge base for access to God’s kingdom
A man can’t be God
The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21, NASB)Hard-hearted and impenitent things
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. (Romans 7:4, NASB)
And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;” (Acts 21:20, NASB)To be married to the law is adultery
Muddy water is not good for consumption by beast or man. Trampled grass loses its nutrient value. People who need to put their own stamp on what God has said (the water and the grass for his flock) are obviously not sources close to GOD. They are not even close to his eyewitnesses. From the start, there was one way into the kingdom, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15, NASB)
It is not the Gospel and something else that constitutes the pure life water. It is not Christ and someone else who speaks for God. Sinai streams no good news. Faith’s channel is not debt, but grace. People who have insurmountable problems interpreting a 200 year old constitution have nothing to tell us about the 2000 year plus sayings of the Nazarene.