to render us impotent by dissolving energy in guilt”
do bad things happen to good people?
does God do good to evil people? (Leithart, 134-136)
he is relieving himself” – truly mocking Baal (18.27)
God, love everyone
side of that theme rather extensively. The love for God to which we are called
is an exclusive love. Like the love of a marriage partnership, there is no room
for anyone or anything else to intrude on that relationship.
“under cover”, subverting the queen as chief of staff
to be “out”, take greater risk, proclaim “The LORD is God”
repeatedly calls King Ahab Obadiah’s “lord”
the insight of Jesus: “No one can serve two masters”
cannot serve God and Mammon” (Matthew 6.24,
long will you go limping with two different opinions?”
straddle the fence
we don’t believe in God, don’t love God. It is that we put the trust and love
that we should only have for God in our own resources or in someone or
something else. It is what the Bible calls idolatry, and it can happen whether
or not we’ve got any graven images on our hands. And our relationship with God
suffers (Seow, 137-138).
it is similar to marriage. Marriage does not exclude friendships with other
persons, but there is a friendship, an emotional connection, a trust – never
mind the physical oneness – that is to be exclusively with one’s spouse. When
some of that emotional connection, trust, and friendship that is properly
exclusive to one’s spouse is shared with someone or something else – whether a
chat room, a hobby, shopping, or another flesh and blood human – our marriage
in baptism and membership are a choice to do just that.
that choice is a response to the fact that God “first loved us” (1 John 4.19).
repentant, not seeking God, not accepting responsibility
will send rain on the earth” (18.1)
stones, 12 tribes
has fallen, not on us – on our substitute (cross, table)
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