Friday, April 23, 2010

Ever love preaching the law?

Galatians 1:11-21(NLT)
11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. 12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.[d]

13 You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. 14 I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors.

15 But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him 16 to reveal his Son to me[e] so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.

When this happened, I did not rush out to consult with any human being.[f] 17 Nor did I go up to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was. Instead, I went away into Arabia, and later I returned to the city of Damascus.

18 Then three years later I went to Jerusalem to get to know Peter,[g] and I stayed with him for fifteen days. 19 The only other apostle I met at that time was James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I declare before God that what I am writing to you is not a lie.

21 After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And still the Christians in the churches in Judea didn’t know me personally. 23 All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” 24 And they praised God because of me.

Ever love preaching the law? ...and ever wonder these before?

Why did Jesus have to change the status quo of Saul in the Damascus encounter as Saul was already trying as hard as possible to follow the law, zealous and was the most religious Jew of his age? Is that not good enough?

Did Saul know that persecuting is opposite of loving his neighbour ?

Didn't Saul know the Ten Commandments are about loving God and loving his neighbour?.....or was there something missing in Saul that he was not able to show love to his neighbour? Was there no self control in Saul that he had to fulfill his desire of persecution??

I am glad God broke the status quo of Saul. Saul, instead of following the law, turned 180 degrees around to be Paul who preached the good news of His grace and mercy. Rejoice