Monday, February 14, 2011

What, or Who is the Final Authority?

Today there is a story that revolves around a debate.
The debate is:

What, or Who is the Final Authority?

That debate is still raging today.
The Bible says - sex before, or outside of marriage - is sin.
Culture says - we will have sex whenever, and with whomever, we want. And you cannot tell us otherwise!

The Bible says - Thou shalt not murder!
Culture says - if we have sex but don't want the baby, we have full right to kill it - right to the time it will be born!

In Jesus day, the debate was a little more simple.
Who was the final arbiter of God's will on earth? The LAW, which they had had for thousands of years, or some itenerant preacher who could do miracles?

Matthew 12:1 "At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus."

The argument that Jesus, as God in human flesh, was the Lord - was blasphemous to the religious leaders.

Even though he was doing miracles, and healing people and doing good, they decided they had to find a way to kill him!

Today the same debate. Who decides what is right and what is wrong?

And the reaction is equally hard and even violent!!

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