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Connect the dots, la la-la la-la…

on August 15, 2013

(Bonus points to anyone who remembers which bizarre 80’s/90’s kids’ show the post title is from.)

I’m working on various translation readthroughs, and the inspiration from this post is from reading 1 Samuel in the NLT.  Specifically, chapter 8, verses 10-18.  Samuel is laying it all out there, telling the people what they can expect as a result of having an earthly king ruling over them.  The Lord had been their king to this point, but they never seemed to want to listen to Him, didn’t want to do things His way.  No, they wanted a king “like everybody else” (see vv. 19-22, same chapter).  Well, as I was reading down Samuel’s list of trials they could expect, it struck me–how much worse off Israel would be following a man instead of following the Lord!!

Yes, God wanted their love and loyalty.  Yes, He wanted them to obey His commands.  But in exchange, if they followed Him and followed the rules–they were slaves to no one, had abundant land and crops, had say over what their offspring would do, and so on.  The only One they had to share their best with was the Lord, the rest they could enjoy.  Under an earthly king, they’d be settling for crumbs and castoffs, and having far less freedom.  So why would anyone want to substitute some random guy for the ultimate King??

Paul, over in the New Testament, got the drift.  Galatians 1:10 (also NLT): “Obviously, I’m not trying to be a people pleaser!  No, I am trying to please God.  If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.”  Now, in context, he’s talking about following people who were preaching a false Gospel…but I think Paul took it deeper than that.  Given all that he wrote throughout the Epistles, I have no doubt that he truly recognized Christ (and the Trinity in sum) as the ultimate Ruler, and saw and experienced how much richer life was when submitting to that authority.  He recognized humans as flawed and therefore not worthy of the ultimate loyalty due God alone.

Questions to ponder:  Who do we really serve?  Who do we really want in charge of our lives?  Are we possibly just as wayward in our thinking as the Israelites?  Or are we firmly in Jesus’ camp, as Paul was?

Old and New Testaments combining to drive home a point, yet again.  At least to my fuzzy mind.  Your mileage may vary.

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