Last week’s teaching from John 8 got a few of you thinking, and digging into your bibles.
Which is SO awesome! What we do together on Sunday is good and all…. but just the beginning. There’s always more. Always deeper riches in God’s Word to be explored and treasured.
THANKS for sharing what you found!
The first came in as written Q&A response. We shared it together during our “open mike” segment of the service. The writer pointed to Jeremiah 17:13, “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away form you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.”
“Maybe Jesus was thinking of this?”
Which got another of you thinking and reflecting and writing. And sending me the following in an email earlier this week:
Jeremiah’s prayer starts with:
“O Lord, the Hope of Israel.”
Jesus has come; He is the fulfilment of the OT or of the law.
Jewish leaders still hold the Law over Him and others.
They bring the adulteress to Him to see the OT law ‘fulfilled’ or applied.
Jesus rather applies the law of GRACE/LOVE
a. to the leaders: he let’s them decide
as OT leaders their names are being written in the dust, uprooted, written down as
judged not worthy, written off, not written in the book of life
b. to the woman: “You may go, too; sin no more.”
They are all free to go.
This is a visual demonstration of the OT LAW traded in for NT GRACE.
It took Jesus to do that.
Jesus is the Hope of Israel.
We don’t know how the leaders responded after this incident. (There is Nicodemus & others)
We don’t know how the woman responded after this incident.
How will we respond after this incident?
The choice is follow Jesus or keep walking in our past.
Follow Jesus, and live in his gracious love – and find eternal life.
Or go the way of rules, of judgement and find everything crumbling into dust and disappearing into nothing.
How will we respond?
The first message in our new, post-Christmas series, “The Women In Jesus’ Life” was shared this past Sunday at KCRC. And, there was some open-mike Q&A conversation that followed. Also, one comment was emailed. You can catch the conversation by clicking on the link below.
But, first the written comment. Someone wrote in:
“During the sermon it struck me that the Tamar you talked about (from Genesis 38) was a combo of two biblical Tamar’s. Is that possible? Did l hear you say she was raped? That’s not how I read the story. It seems that her husband and then the other man were terrible, but l don’t see where the Bible tells us she was raped. It was the Tamar, daughter of David, who was raped by her half brother. Either way, both women had incredibly difficult lives and l find hope in both of these women’s stories. The first Tamar had twins, double joy for her pain, one child so to speak for each lousy relationship. And one twin in the lineage of Jesus!! I was trying to imagine Tamar’s face when she finds this out in heaven. Amazing! Tamar 2 – we don’t really find what beauty comes from her ashes, but l wonder if she died of her shame? Maybe that’s why Absolom named his daughter Tamar, and the Bible tells us she was very beautiful, (just like her aunt).
As someone who can identify with Tamar’s story, it helps me remember what while I don’t know why stuff, even very hard stuff, happens, and while I may never know, Jesus does. And that helps a lot.”
Couple of things by way of response:
A. Thanks for this hugely honest and courageous sharing. You speak on behalf of a HUGE number of women in churches all across Canada who have, somehow, lived Tamar’s story of abuse and misuse. I SO thank God for the hope and comfort he is providing you.
B. You are actually correct in that the Bible doesn’t name the violation of Genesis 38 as “rape.” Here’s what I was thinking when I named it as such – the surrogate husband was asked to stand in and perform the act of a husband, to father a child in the dead man’s name. He agrees (maybe with a smile on his face). He beds Tamar, but knowing full well he’s NEVER going to do what he is supposed to do. Takes the privilege and pleasure, without fulfilling his responsibility. Call it what you will, I suppose – rape, incest, assault. Something. Just plain evil and wrong!