Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 22:21-23:3 and Luke 22:24-46

Numbers 22:21-23:3
Luke 22:24-46
How God interacts with us – natural revelation and special revelation, The Sword, The Word of God

All have fallen short…

Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution (the best economics blog out there and possibly the best blog) on Three Felonies a Day, crime-less crime, the lost common law tradition as we have polluted our federal law, and the implications of the falling cost of obtaining evidence. If you don’t think this all adds up to tyranny, or think you are immune, you are deluding yourself and the truth is not in you.

There are also some great theological angles right out of Romans 1. Putting aside God and the moral law, turning to ourselves and the created order, God gives us over to our desires. So you don’t want an omnipotent and omniscient God who humbles himself on the cross? So your want to build a tower (or a computer system) that will keep your fame (or your infamy) forever? Fine. You get a government that can charge you anytime it wants. You get government bureaucracies that exercise their omnipotence against those out of favor without grace. You get a government that can track you anywhere. And soon to be added, knows everything about and controls your health. We get what we want.

But I’m just a ooga-booga, Jesus freak, religious nut. Pay no attention. 2000 years of reflection by the best minds of many times and places I’m sure are completely wrong and soooo passe anyway.

No Ownership of the Future

Maybe a little intellectual, but good philosophy.

Although I think it was said shorter in a couple of places like: Luke 12:23-25 (“who can add a single hour to his span of life?) or Philippians 1:21-23 or Luke 17:33 or Matt 6:11 (daily bread) or Exod 16:18-20 (the manna only lasts one day) or a whole bunch of others.

With great effort, pure reason can get us enough truth to despair or at best a stoic acceptance. What it can’t do is provide the complete picture. That requires revelation. And revelation requires faith. It is not a faith grounded in nothing – the resurrection is not nothing. But it is still faith. Faith that while we do not own our future (or our past, or even our present), there is one who does. And he has promised good to us. Are you not worth more than the grass of the field that is here today and tomorrow tossed into the fire?

All of Gaul is divided into three parts….

Text: Colossians 1:15-23

The title is an uber-geek joke. Julius Ceasar’s Gallic Wars began with that phrase, and ever since it has been fashionable to divide things into three parts. Faith, Hope and Charity. Past, Present and Future. The three point sermon/speach. Three branches of civil government. Body, mind and spirit. It seems like there is nothing in this world that someone, somewhere, has not divided into three parts. But there is another division scheme in nature, the polarity. Male and Female, the right and the left both physically and politically, two chambers of Congress, Body and Soul, the American League and the National League. The lists could go on. Why do so many things in our natural world take on the appearance of twos and threes?

Maybe it is just blind chance. Threes are a stable form that got passed down by natural selection like three legs for a stool, and twos promote genetic diversity. Or maybe the physical universe is patterned on its creator. Paul makes that argument in Romans 1:19-20. And isn’t that the argument Paul is stating here in Colossians 1:15-23? All things were created through him and for him…He is the beginning…that in everything he might be pre-eminent. The warp and woof of the creation points to the creator. Of course that is proof or support only for those who already believe. Another standard trope is the numerologist nut or the person who sees patterns where there aren’t any (reference the movie A Beautiful Mind about mathematician John Nash.)

The threes reflect the Trinity and the twos the nature of Christ – True Man Jesus, True God the only begotton son, the word of God, together in one Christ. The creation reflecting and revealing the profound mystery of the life of God which we can only approach through Christ who came to us to reveal the Father. Not to go off the deep end, but just your mystical thought for the day…