“My God Would Never…[Insert Favorite Hobby Horse]”

“Then the Jews surrounded Him and asked, “How long are You going to keep us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”” (John 10:24 HCSB)

Have you ever heard anyone say: “Well, my God would never…”[do “x”, which I in my incredibly vast human knowledge understand that he would never do, because I don’t think it reflects well on him as God]?  Yeah, me too.  This is nothing more than making my tiny, human, pea-brain, the adjudicator of what God can and cannot do, which is laughable.

Jesus’ opponents come to him and say something just like this in the second half of John 10.  Notice that his opponents were expecting and looking for the Messiah.  “If you are Messiah, tell us plainly.”  They were anticipating that Messiah would come.  This was a good thing.  The only problem was that Jesus was not acting the way that they thought Messiah should act, and they had therefore concluded that he could not be Messiah.  And that was there error.

They want Jesus to admit he is the Messiah straight out and without further obfuscations.  Of course he had already done that multiple times [Can you say, “I am the light of the world?”  I think you can], but they did not like the way he straight out said it so they want him to just speak it out “plainly.”  Of course the reason they want him to speak it plainly is because they have nefarious plans to stone him, not because they will believe if he does.  All of this Jesus understands.

He will straight out tell them plainly that he is the Messiah.  They will then try to stone him.

Beware, dear reader, of conjuring up your own god in your own mind to replace the God.  Nothing good will ever come of that, some bad stuff for sure, but nothing good.

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