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Of Connections and Sources . . .

Matthew 26:47-75   Deuteronomy 3-4   Job 5

Why does Caiaphas tear his clothes? (Matthew 26:65). And what is the source of the ideas expressed by Eliphaz? (Job 5). In the texts set before us this day, it is the book of Deuteronomy that provides connections and source material for the companion texts . . .

“Since you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you” (Deuteronomy 4:15). . . These words are the basis of a fundamental provision in the law of Moses: Israel must make no idols. None. Why? Because there is nothing in the created order that can represent God. Nothing. So seriously is this taken that, should they disobey this command, Israel will “soon utterly perish from the land” (Deut. 4:25,26). . . So how do you suppose the concept of God-in-flesh would be viewed in light of this foundational belief? And what is a High Priest to do with the notion that Jesus is the Son of God? What would it have taken for the religious leaders to see Jesus for who he was? It is worth pondering the difficulty involved in seeing and learning something new about God . . .

Deuteronomy 4 articulates another deeply held belief: Disobedience leads to suffering, and suffering is a means of discipline that serves to guide people, in time, to repentance and restoration (v.27-31). It is on the basis of this belief  that Eliphaz declares: “How happy is the one whom God reproves; therefore do not despise the discipline of the Almighty”  (Job 5:17). . .  But what, then, is there to say to someone like Job, who suffers even though he has been obedient and faithful to God? This is the dilemmas that lies at the heart of the book of Job . . . How is faith in God to be understood and lived in the midst of suffering?

May God keep our eyes open, our hearts soft, and our minds receptive as we continue the journey of transformation. Amen.

“So acknowledge today that
the Lord is God
in heaven above and on the earth beneath;
there is no other.”

— Deuteronomy 4:39

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