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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Day 65 (Faith & Law)

[reaction to OYB's July 15-17 readings]

WISDOM FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
"In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces. He laid waste the land of the Ammonites and went to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and left it in ruins." 1 Chron. 20:1 (emphasis added). Sad but true, that even when God was appointing kings Godself, that the glory associated with war lured kings into have a time when they went off to it.

FROM PAUL
There is a pretty typical struggle between faith and the law that plays out in Paul's letters. According to Paul, faith, or what seems to be the law of God that is not the same as the written law, has always been there. Jesus was shedding light on what already was. Paul cites to Abraham and David in support of Jesus' Way. But don't forget, Paul does not claim that faith replaces the law. Rather it upholds it. Rom. 3:31-4:12.

3 comments:

Matt Dick said...

I have a reverse perspective on this analysis, shocking as they may sound.

Sad but true, that even when God was appointing kings Godself, that the glory associated with war lured kings into have a time when they went off to it.

You are postulating that even though these kings are appointed by God, they do this un-Godly thing every spring--going off an slaughtering some not-them, type people.

Given God's history with regard to war and commands to start laying waste to towns, isn't it possible that God's kings were not going off to slaughter despite their Godly appointments, but were in fact appointed because they enjoyed slaughter in the springtime?

guart

JimII said...

My comment is from a modern perspective and certainly does not reflect any message found in this part of the Scripture. Going off to war, so long as God said it was okay, was a very godly thing to do, no doubt. It just struck me as sad that there was an appointed time for war.

Matt Dick said...

It just struck me as sad that there was an appointed time for war.

Oh yeah, that *is* kind of horrifying. Perhaps I should have kept my eyes on the prize there.