Actually got a little something from interactions with people. A realise. A seen-evident but surprising, or at least – call for emphasis. Applies to all, but particularly for the struggle in believing God – or that much about… God.
Here sayeth: God is gentle.
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering . . .
If you remain hostile… refuse to listen… and so it comes to God having to forcefully shape a people 'good' and right-with. Traditional Christian theology is clear, tomorrow's world couldn't be worse for all who refuse to turn and come to Christ. Not only that, but levels of obedience must be consistently met and this . . .
Hiding to be 'out there'. God invites us to be safe so... we're dangerous. To injustice, physical war and suffering. Nowhere we're told, life's battles on these fronts will disappear, this side of Jesus 'return' – but neither are we told to take this as tantamount to giving-up on liberty for revival. And . . .
Readings are in 'general welfare'. The benefit system? You can eat from anyone’s garden or field but mustn't do takeaways. Growers must leave the edges when harvesting and not go back, picking-up every last… throughout the field.
Love your neighbours, refugees, those with physical disabilities, family… and on. . . .
Holy – being separate/d to God – is illustrated here in the 'people of God' and their way with animals – (Husbandry).
But why all the detailed practicalities? Some could be hygienic wisdom and without better understanding the background and context God faced, not fully appreciate how the hearers received these . . .
Is it the love of money, or possessions? Perhaps, better described; sheer power to spend and travel, buy, comfort – wild and wonderful sights and sounds? Why not call it, the love of… fun? Pleasure. All that. Like sex. Nothing else better, could be said/by some – therefore..? Must be 'god'. God. GOD.
All kinds, or . . .
Today's readings are about sexual relationships but I've need and lead to talk/write-on money.
On sex for a mo: God's detailed, speaking to their context, presumably making divine sense to them. Laws to bring a people out the ways of these lands and tribes, separated to, and for, God. But why? Unknown, for the . . .