The conversation finally began…
Words had flown about the room for well over an hour…but nothing communicable had really occurred. Eight souls had gathered to study the Bible. At least that was what the title was called; a Bible Study. Various theologies had been discussed, springing from a few words pulled from the Book intended to be studied. Philosophies of forgiveness with the clanging symbols of rhetoric popular among “the gatherers of the Book”. Words flung out with the tree of knowledge of good and evil as it base. In essence it could all be brought down to “what does forgiving do for me“.
One silent soul, up to this point, found their lips and their vocals found wind.
“But who is forgiveness really about? For that matter…who is this Book really about?”
Seven pairs of eyes fell to the one who had almost been forgotten. This one being the “least educated” and newest member of the group. The sounds that came from their person floated like a feather…slowly drifting down as if from nowhere…the room fell still.
The brave soul suddenly felt odd. And gave an almost apologetic smile.
“Hmmm…well, a good question” said the “leader”. “Perhaps it will be a good topic for next week.”
The other six, gave a sigh of relief and nodded their accent to the leader.
Again the new one was compelled to speak.
“I’m confused. I thought this was supposed to be a place where I could ask questions and get help finding the hidden truths the Bible has to offer according to the Apostle Paul? If I mistook the agenda I ask forgiveness. It would be the highest offence to me that I would offend my Father in heaven by derailing that which you had intended. Most of what I heard you all sharing…well quite frankly went over my head. I know I am new and have much to learn. Yet as I have been reading in Matthew chapters 5 and 6, I have felt as if I was right there at Yeshua’s (Jesus’) feet…listening to Him. He spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven a lot and how forgiveness works…uh…at least to me…what it is supposed to look like in action. And it seemed to me to point without exception to the Father, who is forgiveness…upon which the “children” – if you will – are grace and mercy and truth. I don’t know all the “learned” lingo or language but again I found Yeshua speaking in such simple terms that anyone could understand Him. If I am in error, please would someone correct me? I really don’t want to go another 7 days thinking in error to wait for next week’s study. To do so seems to me would be even greater foolishness than to speak up and seem as fool.”
The words carried such humility and honest inquiry, again the room was aloft in stillness. Impregnated with the Light that had just now began to shine.
Again the new one began to feel awkward and shifted in the silence uncomfortably.
The “leader” cleared their throat.
One by one each other member looked between the leader and the new one. None finding a voice of their own to lend to the subject. Suddenly what they thought they “knew” seemed a square peg attempting to be put in a round hole. (Indeed this was the case)
“Perhaps,” said the leader with an authoritative air. “You could share what it is that you have heard us speaking about that has caused your confusion?”
It was spoken framed in invitation, but the true portrait of its spirit was condescending.
The new one didn’t respond to the latter.
“Well, all the words sound right but don’t fall into the spirit with which I sense in Yeshua as He speaks about forgiveness. To Him all things are about His Father. The One who Forgives. Without Him there is no such thing. So to forgive is to simply attest to the One who makes it possible. You all spoke much with many words I didn’t understand and can’t remember now…but to put it in terms I understood you to be saying…
To forgive is to be set free from being unforgiving. Again this seems right and I find it hard to say exactly what seems not right about it. I have been reading an author who said, “Discernment is not about knowing right from wrong, but knowing right from almost right” This is the best I can describe my struggle. What you all say sounds almost right but not right.” The new one paused and resumed a moment later. The awkward silence prevailed.
“As I have spent time talking with God and Yeshua, reading His Words…I have come to understand that forgiveness is something I do that gives away what He does, did and completed with Yeshua on the cross. That when I forgive, its sort of like taking the bread and wine in remembrance of Him. Yeshua said Himself that when we forgive it not only effects this world but heaven! That’s power!! Unseen power to be honest!”
The new one was so lost within the wonder and awe of the One who forgives they seemed to start to fairly glow…it became contagious. All ears were held hostage by the enthusiasm and worship.
“When you all were speaking about letting go of unforgiveness it seemed to me that it was as if – if we forgive we benefit from our own forgiveness. Yet it seems contrary to what Yeshua said, though in a way we do, but that’s not the intent for which we are asked to do so. Though you all quoted scriptures that could – by themselves taken the way you frame these theologies with them – could seem to support them. Again its the sense of right verses almost right that perplexes me. I don’t know much about theologies but I do know Yeshua, the Father and the Spirit who is sent to counsel and or guide us into all Truth; which is to say Yeshua Himself and things don’t “lineup” if you will between the two. Mankind is always systematically trying to attain knowledge from God into a pattern of prescription that methodizes our behaviors, but does nothing to transform. I think forgiveness is what one does as an identifier of Who they now belong to. But how can they forgive if they don’t know the Forgiver? How can release come from an action based only on sentences in a book? Are we not supposed to be seeking the One who wrote it and obeying the One who made all things? Because He knows how best all thing work functionally? In other words because He is trustworthy?”
Abruptly the new one was finished. The words hanging in the air like a balloon waiting to be popped.
At last…the conversation began to take the shape for which The One who wrote the Book that they were desirous to study…intended. The Book got opened, and together all those present sought to seek that they may find…no one at that point was “leader” or “new”, all were brothers and sisters of the same Father. Becoming children of God…not wise ones of learning. The next week more “new” ones were added to their number, and The One who wrote the Book was the final Authority in what was right. Theology’s still came up but were taken under the microscope of Yeshua’s Words alone. As a result He became The Way, The Truth, and The Life…and they followed Him.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Proverbs 1:5-6
Someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more; someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise.
By God’s Grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before Him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as a kapparah (atonement/pardon) for sin through His faithfulness in respect to His bloody sacrificial death. This vindicated God’s righteousness; because, in His forebearance, He had passed over (with neither punishment nor remission) the sins people committed in the past; and it vindicates His righteousness in the present age by showing that He is righteous Himself and also the One who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua’s faithfulness.
Now to God, who can strengthen you, according to the Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages
…and of letting everyone see how this secret plan is going to work out. This plan, kept hidden for ages by God, the Creator of everything, is for rulers and authorities in heaven to learn, through the existence of the Messianic Community, how many-sided God’s wisdom is.
1 Corinthians 17-31
For the Messiah did not send me to immerse but to proclaim the Good News – to do it without relying on “wisdom” that consists of mere rhetoric, so as not to rob the Messiahs execution-stake of IT’S power. For the Message about the execution-stake is nonsense to those in the process of being destroyed, but to us in the process of being saved it is the power of God. Indeed, the Tanakh (Old Testament) says,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent.”
Where does that leave the philosopher, the Torah-teacher (teacher of the Teachings), or any of today’s thinkers? Hasn’t God made this worlds wisdom look pretty foolish? For God’s wisdom ordained that the world, using its own wisdom, would NOT come to know Him. Therefore God decided to use the “nonsense” of what we proclaim as His means of saving those who come to trust in it. Precisely because Jews ask for signs and Greeks try to find wisdom, we go on proclaiming a Messiah executed on a stake as a criminal! To the Jews this is an obstacle, and to the Greeks it is nonsense; but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, this same Messiah is God’s power and God’s wisdom! For God’s “nonsense” is wiser than humanities “wisdom”.
And God’s “weakness” is stronger than humanities “strength”. Just look at yourselves, brothers – look at those whom God has called! Not many of you are wise by the worlds standards, not many wield power or boast noble birth. But God chose what this world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise; God chose what the world looks down on as common or regards as nothing in order to bring to nothing what this world considers important; so that no one should boast before God. It is His doing that you are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He has become wisdom for us from God, and righteousness and holiness and redemption as well! Therefore – as the Tanakh says – “Let anyone who wants to boast, boast about Adonai.”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤