Where have I been?
Sorry for the delay, I finally overcame the block (a disliked chapter) in ‘Grow in Grace’, the follow up to Hold the Faith… and am working my way through the second draft. Other than the appointments which have dominated our lives recently… we have had a ‘meat cutting and mincing’ day. (We are still getting used to that) Here in West Australia this is unusual.
Anyway, here it is, nearly the end of another eventful week… and my blog is waiting. So having enjoyed a lovely meal, and with many others prepared, I finally continue with the blog.
This week it is the turn of the eighth commandment in the life of Jesus Christ.
‘You shall not steal’ Exodus 20:15
Jesus did not do that. I can find no truthful record of such an occurrence.
My reply to that… “How ridiculous!”
He knew His purpose. He would not have been a perfect sinless sacrifice if He had committed sin. Is it possible that near the end of His live He would have ‘slipped up’? Is it so beyond understanding that He would have arranged for the use of the donkey? He clearly had arranged for the use of the upper room where he celebrated the Passover with His disciples.
But, as mentioned, those incidents were when He was approaching the end of His life… before that He had issues with the Jewish leaders of the day…
They seemed to think he was ‘stealing’ from God by claiming to be Who He is. Part of their ‘issue’ seemed to be Jesus’ ‘I am’ statements. Seven of them are recorded in the gospel of John.
To the Jews… ‘I am” was the way God introduced Himself to Moses. For example…
Jesus, in response to the Pharisees’ question “Who do you think you are?” said
“‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad. ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.” John 8: 56-59
The violent response of the Jews to Jesus’ “I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He was the eternal, incarnate God. Jesus was equating Himself with the “I AM” title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:14.
It was yet another of the unfounded accusations levelled against Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
And what about our lives?
There are so many ways we can steal… supposedly innocently.
- A pen from the office. (After all you work many unpaid hours…)
- Arriving late for work – or leaving early
- Not giving back ‘over change’ at the supermarket/shop/restaurant
Those were a few simple examples but what about…
Just some things to think upon
Till next time…
Tread softly, you may be treading on someone’s dreams… or reputation.