Daily Reflection: Direct Deposit | Galatians 3:19-20
So why then all this bother with the Law of Moses in the first place? How exactly does it fit into the equation? Three words: our moral failures. Law was added to the overall equation to identify and try to contain our troublemaking transgressing tendencies – until the real Solution showed up: the Seed, Abraham’s Progeny, the Primary Point of the whole promise. And to leave no doubt that the Promise is Primary, the Law was not even a direct deposit! It was commissioned through heavenly reps who put it in the hand of a human mediator (Moses) who in turn delivered it to the all too human people waiting below. The mere presence of a mediator proves we are dealing with multiple parties resulting in a secondhand arrangement rather than the divine one-on-one direct nature of the promise. Galatians 3:19-20 |MAV
During my former religious life in another church franchise, we commonly used the analogy of endorsing a check for receiving salvation (the divine goods). It went something like this: God has given us salvation through Jesus, but it’s in the form of a check (a promise to pay). And now we must endorse it. So between us and our by-and-by receiving of the goods is a piece of paper, and a financial institution. Hopefully the bank is open. Hopefully they will honor this check. Will they accept my I.D.? Hopefully there aren’t any check cashing fees. And hopefully my pen doesn’t run out of ink. We would emphasize water baptism as the real endorsing of God’s check. The religious bankers that showed up among the Galatians insisted it was the snipping of circumcision. Oh yes, and there are fees, too. It’s complicated. Paul reminds the Galatians (and us!) of some very basic good news: there’s no check to endorse. No fees to face. No institution in which to line up for the goods. Jesus is direct deposit. The promise is instant download. “When you heard the Message, the Truth, the Good News of your salvation, and when you believed it, you were marked in Him with a seal, the Holy Spirit, the Promise” (see Ephesians 1:13). Forget the check. Take the download.
Does your spiritual walk in Jesus feel like direct deposit – with the goods on hand and ready to be accessed now – or do feel like you are still waiting for a divine check to clear? Why?
God, can it be true? Can it be so simple, so direct to access you and all you have for me? Give me faith to see it, and a heart open and ready for you to deposit in me exactly what I need this day. Through Jesus.
During these next weeks we are processing Galatians 3-4, be making your way through Abraham’s story in Genesis 12-25. This week you might also tack on Exodus 19-24.
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