Answering Fools Part 5 / Worship myself? Just what I need, a middleaged, overweight, far-sighted god. Ugh!


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

The Gospels relate various times when some would come asking Jesus questions
in an attempt to trap Him. To somehow make Him look foolish or prove their
own position. And we are not lacking those today who do the very same. It
ought not to surprise us then that our “Writer” poses more odd queries – which
in fact only betray his utter lack of Biblical knowledge overall. Questions like:
“When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor
for the Lord. (Lev. 1.9) The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not
pleasing to them. Should I smite them?” Displaying his complete ignorance of
the temporary nature of the sacrificial system, which the Bible itself attests to
(See: Heb. 10); or “Lev. 21.20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if
I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does
my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?” which in fact
he misquoted, but had to do only with the Levitical priesthood which was
temporary too until the consummation of it in Christ Jesus and His own sacrifice
at Calvary: The lack of defect being typical of Christ’s own perfection. Others
like the cutting of hair in a particular fashion (“Most of my male friends get their
hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is
expressly forbidden by Lev. 19.27. How should they die?“) had to do with not
imitating the practices of the pagan, idolatrous priests in the surrounding
cultures; and things like not planting two kinds of seed in the same field or
wearing garments made of two different kinds of fabric were meant to be clear
indicators that God had separated His people from all others by means of their
willingness to obey His divine instructions. Such things themselves proved them,
demonstrated whether or not they served Him, or their own selves when they
could see no other reason for doing some of these other than the fact He had
told them so. Fools you see, say in their hearts – i.e. by their attitudes, there is
no God, even when their outward declarations may be contrary (Prov. 14.1).
Men like our Writer set their own reasoning above God’s commands. They are
the idolaters of self. They worship the invisible, powerless image of self. If a
man who defends himself in a court of law has a fool for a client; then how much
more a man who has himself for his god?

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