We split the atom – and after breakfast …


The Law or Love – choose!

There was an old covenant which was replaced by the new covenant. The old one was all those laws and stuff. The new one isn’t. So choose which one you live by. Because whichever you pick you will also die by.

All this God stuff can become very confrontational. Whichever you pick, there seem to be “cobwebs” that stick. Stuff that trails along getting in the way. Which church? What denomination? Which verse should I be able to quote? Do I have to tithe? What is a good Christian? What about them over there – do I save them, ignore them or what? How much money can I earn before it is a sin?

It seems the new God crowd accuse the old God crowd of “laws and out of date stuff” and invents a plethora of lifestyle rules for themselves. It seems (less and less) that the old God crowd seek verses to justify, and then the new God crowd fire theirs back (with love of course). The new God crowd worry about church, often withdrawing from church. The old God crowd think attending more important than withdrawing. Old God v New God.

We split the atom – and after breakfast split God for good measure.

This morning I was reading some verses. And BOTH the old God and new God tickled my ears. One on each side (and when that happens – I just say thank you to whoever decided to split God in two)!

“At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests. Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”” Matthew 12:1-8

GSHJ is weird! He bypassed all that Sabbath stuff … all the David and temple stuff – He went straight to: ”I desire mercy and not sacrifice” Hosea 6:6a

And He even bypassed “Learn your bible Paul! – just like I did” and all that “clever stuff” as well! In fact, He bypassed “old God and New God” – “old covenant and new covenant” – all that stuff we wrap ourselves in as we pick and choose.

All He said was this: “There was never an old or new. Never. There was, and is, and always will be, Love. Only Love. Always Love.”

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That was my ending. Not His. My punchline – not His. This was his ending …

“Hosea 6:6a, Paul. I desire mercy. How can you even think of being right or wrong today? How can you even exclude/include those who do not “believe as I do”? I desire mercy not sacrifice! Because there is no old God nor new God. There is no denomination or “church” worth blaming. There was never any point in blaming and dividing. That remains only “sacrifice”. Your sacrifice.

I desire mercy. And, by the way … that “one liner” you attribute to “yesteryear”? It is as true today as it was on that very Sabbath. Look around, Paul. All the infighting. All the division. All the choosing. All the hair splitting …

What else is that than “sacrifice”? Still your sacrifice – still to earn your way to My heaven?

I desire mercy. I always have, I always do, and I always will.

That is Love.”

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If you feel as humbled as I do right now – today – this second …

I think that is what we mean by “The Living Word” – it always was, always is, and always will be.

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15 thoughts on “We split the atom – and after breakfast …

  1. It’s interesting that I sometimes will change the word of God to suit me. God’s word is the same today as it was in the beginning as it will be in the end. Never changed. I see folks try to do away with the ten commandments or the law. God said that he came that everyone of them would be fufilled. Not to abolish them. You know we make being a Christian so hard. God loves us so much. If he has been invited into our hearts and lord over our life’s then the work had been done if we accept that and truly desire that. God tells us to turn from sin for it is dead in us, if we are saved and believe.

    God will bring each of us along as He sees fit.In his timing,not ours. Paul God has a lot of patience with us and is as you said He is full of tender mercy and love.

    I enjoyed your post this morning.I hope you have a day full of the love of Jesus and that peace and joy rule over you life wherever you go.

    Much love Tom

  2. Paul, this morning I had this conversation with a Jewish man while sitting on a park bench in NYC. He asked what was the greatest thing Jesus said. I told him what was in the New was exactly what had been stated in the Old – to love the Lord God with all your might and to love your neighbor as yourself. He stated I say this in my prayers 3 times everyday – the Shema from Deut. 6. Is this what Jesus taught? After this we had a great 30 minute talk and are to meet again. Wonderful Paul. 👍

    • “Is this what Jesus taught?”
      What a profound and beautiful question – what a profound and beautiful sharing.

      The comment: “There is a little bit of Jesus in you, Levi”, came to mind – and my immediate reaction was “no – can’t say that – sounds cliched”.
      WRONG!!!!
      God Jesus Spirit in you, Levi! And in me, and in all of us when we allow Him space. let’s all shout that from the rooftops (in a very quiet loving kind of way!) – let’s say it out loud to get used to it meaning “everything” (but please – not just as another “Christian speak” phrase).

      Is that what Jesus taught?
      Yes – because HE is One God!
      Sitting on a park bench in NYC.
      Love this so much 🙂

      Thank you ((hugs))

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