Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Free to Set Your Own Table

It's a good news bad news day but an important point to understand. The following passage at first glance makes it sound like God intentionally blinded Israel...
11:7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 Just as it is written:
“God has given them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that they should not see
And ears that they should not hear,
To this very day.”
9 And David says:
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see,
And bow down their back always.”
Verse 9 says "Let their table become..." which means it started out one way and is going to become something different.

 A table is where you eat.

 God says of Himself "Taste and see that the Lord is good"
In the book of Judges the nation of Israel was spiraling downward after the death of Joshua primarily because of disobedience. Not the disobedience we think of but the unbelieving kind of disobedience. They were supposed to be taking possession of more and more of the Promised Land but fear and unbelief prevented them.

 The truth is the less we trust Him the less we see Him work and the less we see Him work the less we trust Him.

 As things got worse for Israel they started looking for a cause and a solution. They looked at the "mighty" nations around them and saw they had kings. They concluded that if they had a king they would be mighty too. They asked Samuel the prophet to appoint them a king. He refused and told them God is their king. They persisted. Finally God spoke to Samuel and told him to give the people what they wanted but tell them what the consequences will be (high taxes, military conscription for their sons etc...) The people agreed and still wanted a king and God gave them what they wanted.
Do you see the pattern? God does not blind us by force or intentionally lead us astray. It is very much the opposite. God desires us to make good choices but allows us to choose whatever we wish. Freedom. God is the ultimate gentleman. He forces no one.
After coming out of captivity in Babylon Israel wanted to buy heaven. They wanted to earn God's favour by law keeping. They determined to be so good that God would be forced to keep blessing them. This obsession with law keeping actually made them intensely self focused and blind to His love. So blind they shipped His Son to the cross.
God allowed it all hoping that in their freedom they would see the futility of their choices...
We'll continue tomorrow...

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