Answering Fools – Part 4 / “Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire


Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
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From: Prov. 26.4-5 Part 4 – Answering Fools

When God gave His precious law to Israel, He demonstrated what it is like to see
God’s rule extended into even the minutest parts of life. While we may rightfully
object to human governments attempting to extend their rule too far, no such
objection applies to God. He made us. And that, for Himself. Rom. 11.36 posits a
metanarrative of staggering proportions: “For from him and through him and to
him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” If all things originate by Him,
and are sustained by Him, and are made so as to be TO Him – He rules by right
of Creatorship, over all. Including you and me. Including everything about you
and me. And, in setting up the societal structure of Israel, He set many (albeit at
times somewhat obscure to us) practices in place, which served especially to
mark them out as uniquely God’s, from all the other nations in the earth. While
we may also dig deeper into the symbolism of certain tenets, many of what
seem to be the odder commands (such as those in Lev. 15.19-24, restricting
sexual contact with a woman during the time of her menstrual period) serve this
marking-out purpose extremely well. And if nothing else, it also built into the
marriage relationship itself a need to cultivate a right sense of self-control, even
over the God given sexual desires we all share. His law prevented them from
letting their thinking go to the place it has in our society today, where the very
thought of abstinence for any reason, is treated as if it were a denial of life
itself. Sex is to serve us, we are not to be in bondage to it. The Israelites were
taught by law how to restrain their desires and be masters over them, rather
than victims. But our Friend the Writer questions: “3. I know that I am allowed
no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness
(Lev. 15.19 – 24). The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most
women take offense.” While he tries to poke fun, the wickedness of his heart is
revealed. For his question could not arise if he were already living under God’s
view of marriage – of committed, exclusive, monogamy. Even if his question
only implies casual contact in everyday life, he fails to recognize the ceremonial
uncleanness spoken of here does not apply to the post-Temple Christian. Even a
cursory reading of the New Testament would have settled this. In fact, His
question doesn’t challenge the Scripture, it exposes his wicked heart and mind.
His is the query of a fool.

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