Would you destroy
So the LORD God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The LORD God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
Godâ€™s wisdom and His work are ineffable. Ineffable, per Webster and others means too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words. Godâ€™s wisdom reaches out to us throughout history and speaks to us again and again of His design, His meaning, and His warnings.
As we heard in the Gospels throughout the summer, those who were following Jesus were doing so for miracles and bread. They werenâ€™t really FOLLOWING Jesus â€“ living like Jesus, taking His words to heart and changing their hearts. In the end, most turned away and were not walking with Him anymore.
Over the past several weeks we read of distracted disciples unfocused on FOLLOWING Jesus â€“ living like Jesus, taking His words to heart and changing their hearts. In the end, all but one went on to sacrifice their lives to spread the Gospel. They all lived Peterâ€™s words: â€œLord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.â€
Certainly, Jesus followers stumble and fall. Certainly, Jesus followers struggle to live like Jesus, to integrate all He taught into their hearts and to express it in their lives in remarkably beautiful and sacrificial ways. Yet, they persist, get up, and try again.
Today, God is reminding us of a particular way we must live. It is a call to the kind of respect we are to have for each other. As the people of Jesus, as His FOLLOWERS, we need to view each and every person as bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.
The recent drama around our nationâ€™s latest Supreme Court nominee illustrates a failure of people to act in accord with Godâ€™s way. It is about how we treat each other. Godâ€™s creation speaks of a shared life â€“ a commonality and dignity that belongs to each and every person. We are all bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.
As we encounter people, we must remember that negative thoughts or actions toward them are nothing more than self-destruction. It is a break down of what God has built up. It is self-rejection.