Sunday, October 7, 2012
Welcome to Day 280 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Ezra 7:25, “And you, Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom of your God, which you possess, appoint magistrates and judges to administer justice to all the people of Trans-Euphrates—all who know the laws of your God. And you are to teach any who do not know them. 26 Whoever does not obey the law of your God and the law of the king must surely be punished by death, banishment, confiscation of property, or imprisonment.”
Ezra 8:35, “Then the exiles who had returned from captivity sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel…”
Luke 20:17, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone… 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”
Break or be broken?
Seems those are my (our) two choices. Break… or be broken.
One is my choice: Be broken.
The other option: Be crushed…
I can choose to fall on the “stone the builders rejected” or it will fall on me… and crush me?
The Gospel is simple and clear. Accept Christ, or not. Your choice…
I often see things like this in a chart format…
Accept Christ (I choose to fall on the stone the builders rejected, I am broken.)
Reject Christ (the stone falls on me and I am… crushed.)
Being broken is very different from being crushed…
I watched a documentary on the construction of Stonehenge in England. The stones we brought from miles away, each weighing TONS. The terrain was rough and occasionally they would have to dig out from under the stones to keep them moving… One man was crushed under the weight of the stone.
Not a pretty sight.
Of course, the scripture is metaphorical… not literal. But still, the two options are clear.
Break or be broken.
I’ve never broken a bone before, but my son’s friend did, when they were skateboarding. Compound fracture of the humorous. Ouch!
The imagery of broken vs. crushed hit me pretty hard this morning… not sure why. And I am not given to presenting the scriptures in a heavy way, but Jesus is facing the end of his life and ministry. He is presenting his accusers with a clear choice…
Break or be broken.
Lord, may I alway be broken for you… you were broken for me…