Word for the Day

Biblically, we must realize that the size of what our eyes see is rarely a good way to estimate the greatness of something in the eyes of God.

Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Kindle Locations 385-387). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Law is in every culture religious in origin. Because law governs man and society, because it establishes and declares the meaning of justice and righteousness, law is inescapably religious, in that it establishes in practical fashion the ultimate concerns of a culture.

Rushdoony, R. J.. The Institutes of Biblical Law, Vol. 1 (Kindle Locations 199-201). Chalcedon Foundation. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

The proper context for interpreting the Bible is the context of the biblical writers— the context that produced the Bible. 1 Every other context is alien to the biblical writers and, therefore, to the Bible. Yet there is a pervasive tendency in the believing Church to filter the Bible through creeds, confessions, and denominational preferences.

Heiser, Michael S.. The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (p. 16). Lexham Press. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

The more you see the free and infinite love of God, the more will your heart be at rest and quiet within you.

Bridge, William. A Lifting Up For The Downcast (Vintage Puritan) (Kindle Locations 292-293). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

We are incompetent in the ordinary things of life. We divorce more readily than we sell houses, yet for some reason we believe that we possess great wisdom as regards men and women that our benighted ancestors did not possess. We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the old institutions that used to turn boys into men.

Esolen, Anthony. Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (p. 10). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Though all his ways and dispensations are ordered in infinite wisdom, yet we can but stand at the shore of the ocean, and admire its glory and greatness. Little it is that we can comprehend.

Owen, John. John Owen On Hebrews: A Classic Puritan Commentary (Kindle Locations 1122-1123). . Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Many of us have grown up on the theology that accepts the Holy Spirit as a Person, and even as a divine Person, but for some reason it never did us any good. We are as empty as ever, we are as joyless as ever, we are as far from peace as ever, we are as weak as ever.

Tozer, A. W.. How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit (p. 8). CrossReach Publications. Kindle Edition.

Obedience Through Suffering

Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
(Heb 5:8 KJV)

This verse has provoked me to think a lot over the years.  What does it mean that Christ learned obedience?  How would suffering teach him obedience?

Jesus did not need to learn to obey, as though he was disobedient.  As such, suffering could not teach him to obey.  Jesus learned experentially what it was to obey and to suffer because of that obedience.  We complain, often and loud, when our disobedience leads to our suffering.  Jesus did not complain when our disobedience led to his suffering.  This puts him in direct contrast to Adam.

Scripture makes clear that Adam was not deceived by the lies of the serpent.  He knew that God had not lied or withheld anything from them.  He knew they would not become gods.  He knew they would die.  Yet he went ahead and ate from the fruit.  Why?  I think Adam looked at Eve and loved her more than he loved God.  He chose to sin and join Eve in judgment, rather than obey and trust God.  He learned suffering through disobedience, rather than obedience through suffering.  Seeing no hope of saving Eve, Adam despaired and joined her in sin. Ironically, his love for Eve failed immediately, and he ‘threw her under the bus’, blaming her (and God) for his own sin.

The contrast goes further.  Adam attacked his wife, the one he had pledged to love.  By contrast Jesus suffered betrayal by Judas.  Judas is often shown in movies as a loner, always slinking somewhat outside the circle of the apostles.  This is mistaken in my view. David prophesied of Judas’ betrayal in the psalms, speaking of the one who went arm in arm with Christ to worship.  The new testament makes clear that James, John, and Peter were Jesus’ innermost circle of trusted disciples.  I think David shows Judas to be Jesus’ best friend among the disciples.  He is a countertype to the type of David’s great friend Jonathan.  Jesus suffered betrayal by His friend in contrast to Adam’s betrayal of Eve.  He chose Judas as a disciple even though He knew that Judas was going to betray Him.

What is the point of all this?

Are we willing to learn obedience through suffering?  Are we willing to obey the Lord knowing that doing so means that we will be betrayed?  That we will be scorned?  Are we willing to love those who spit on us?  Who viscerally hate us and want to kill us? Are we willing to lose everything we have, everyone we love, in order to have Christ?

Because if we are not, then we will have just the nation that we have today.