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“For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalm 11:2-3

The accuracy of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, is important in ways not immediately apparent.

Many churches, especially main line denominations, allow “scholars” to teach the Old Testament (especially Genesis through Deuteronomy) are a later compilation of oral tradition, that the Biblical accounts of creation, flood, and such are actually embellishments of some kernel of truth – not “factual”.

What difference could that belief make? A lot!

If the biblical accounts of creation were embellishments of an uninformed world view then there is no foundation to understand the need for Christ’s death on the cross. If there was no real first man, Adam, no first woman, Eve, then Paul is wrong when he writes in the Bible that Christ’s death counteracts the sin which came into the world through that first man1. What would this say of Christ? Only a crazy person would die when there is no actual need.

And if Genesis through Deuteronomy are only a combination of various oral traditions sewn together later by an unknown person then Jesus was wrong (or deceptive) when he told his followers, “Moses said …, – not a very good foundation for faith, if he was wrong or not trustworthy then, how can he be trustworthy now?

Sometimes the best way to bring down a building is to not attack the building but to destroy its foundation.

– fritz

1 – Romans 5
2 – Mark 7:10

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>Bible stories seldom explain themselves1; Jacob’s all night wrestling match is one of those where we are left to our own conclusions.

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak… he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man…Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me…the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” – Genesis 32:22, 23b, 26, 28 (NIV)

A similar exchange occurs between Jesus and a Greek. Our loving Jesus said seemingly unkind things.

The woman … begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter…he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter. – Mark 7:26a, 27b-29 (NIV)

Sometimes, I don’t know why2, we go to God and it turns into a wrestling match – God doesn’t cooperate, things don’t change, and the heavens seem like brass.

Saying God (and Jesus) doesn’t care then quitting is the easy out, and He’ll let us take it, or we can be like Jacob and the Greek woman – not take “No” for an answer.

Tenacity is a character quality God, apparently, likes in his children (I like it in mine – successful living requires it!). We may get banged up in process like Jacob or endure insults like the Greek woman, but we will be glad we endured when we get what we wanted.

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12

– fritz
1 Related Post: God Needs No Explanation
2 Related Post: Loving God Like He Is

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