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It never ceases to amaze me how we try to squeeze God into a box. Because we cannot grasp His vastness, we build boxes and try to make God fit into them.
We have denominational boxes: Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Presbyterian.
Then there are those who want to force God into the theological boxes of Arminiansim and Calvinism, which try to define the balance between God’s will and man’s choice.
And of course, we have boxes for God’s definition of women which range from women submitting to all men to women submitting to no one.
Seriously. We have a God who created the universe. Not only does He fully understand the composition and workings of this universe, but He created it all. He holds it in His hand. The earth is where he rests His feet. By comparison, we are like tiny, insignificant ants scurrying around at His feet. All we can see is the smallest part of His little toe, yet we arrogantly try to box God into the limits of our own understanding.
The Jews in Jesus’ day had the same problem. They thought that the Messiah was going to come to save them from Roman oppression and set up His righteous Kingdom here on earth. They had no concept that on THIS visit to earth, Jesus had a far greater mission. They didn’t understand that Jesus had to be the sacrificial Lamb before He could be the conquering King. And so they boxed Him up.
When He didn’t fit their religious boxes, they plotted to kill their Creator. He brought the dead back to life, healed the leper, and restored sight to the blind. Yet they still became angry because He didn’t fit their box. Their own actions revealed that they were not God-followers–instead, they were box-worshipers. Read more…