Old Testament Faith
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 3 Lesson 5 Sabbath Afternoon
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’ ”(Galatians 3:13, ESV).
What curse were we redeemed from referenced in the memory text? I’ve hung from a tree before – am I cursed? What does Paul mean?
From the Lesson:
“A little boy had made a little boat, all painted and fixed up beautifully. One day someone stole his boat, and he was distressed.
In passing a pawnshop one day he saw his boat. Happily he ran in to the pawnbroker and said, ‘That is my little boat.’ ‘No,’ said the pawnbroker, ‘it is mine, for I bought it.’ ‘Yes,’ said the boy, ‘but it is mine, for I made it.’ ‘Well,’ said the pawnbroker, ‘if you will pay me two dollars, you can have it.’ That was a lot of money for a boy who did not have a penny. Anyway, he resolved to have it; so, he cut grass, did chores of all kinds, and soon had his money.
“He ran down to the shop and said, ‘I want my boat.’ He paid the money and received his boat. He took the boat up in his arms, and hugged and kissed it, and said, ‘You dear little boat, I love you. You are mine. You are twice mine. I made you, and now I have bought you.’
“So it is with us. We are, in a sense, twice the Lord’s. He created us, and we got into the devil’s pawnshop. Then Jesus came and bought us at awful cost—not silver and gold, but His precious blood. We are the Lord’s by creation and by redemption.”—William Moses Tidwell, Pointed Illustrations (Kansas City, Mo.: Beacon Hill Press, 1951), p. 97”
What may we discern from the above passage?
What’s the first question we must ask ourselves or others regarding this or passages like this?
The author who wrote this has a legal bias his law lens he views God’s laws as imposed laws. The boat doesn’t have free will. Adam and Eve had free will.
How is this illustration helpful?
There are some similarities, we are in a sense, twice the Lord’s, He created us, and we have gone astray.
How is it harmful?
This analogy/metaphor “Then Jesus came and bought us at awful cost, not silver and gold, but His precious blood” brings a legal bias, where the metaphor is being promoted as reality to a payment needed to either be paid to the devil/Satan to regain us or even Or worse if in our own relationship with God if we ever feel that we had to do anything to earn His forgiveness or to earn His favor. What is so bad about that is, that it’s not only an insult to God, but it implies that we have accepted the devils misrepresentation of God. We’ve preferred the Devils lies. And worse than that it’s a law we become like the God we worship and admire. If we worship a God that is vengeful and has to be persuaded and be constantly reminded what Jesus did, lest He pour out His Wrath on us.
What’s the diagnosis?
Old testament faith is no different than new testament faith, remember what we discussed last night in last weeks review of whatthe whole purpose of his own mission on earth,—to set men right through the revelation of God. In Christ was arrayed before men the paternal grace and the matchless perfections of the Father. In his prayer just before his crucifixion, he declared, “I have manifested thy name.” “I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” When the object of his mission was attained,—the revelation of God to the world,—the Son of God announced that his work was accomplished, and that the character of the Father was made manifest to men.
So the analogy/metaphor of Jesus paying a price, for example all the effort exerted to manifest God’s character to us, that was quite a price, to lower Himself to be a human like you and I, but never paying a price to Satan or to God, that would be equal to playing Satan’s character to the Character of God, which is where the larger view, the great controversy view all began back up in Heaven, that God had been accused of being arbitrary, vengeful, unforgiving and severe. But he paid a great price, to reveal God’s true character to us, and thats where the metaphor ends. We should NOT exchange a metaphor for reality. Thats very dangerous and I believe places God in a very bad light.
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