Daily Reflection: The Mother of All Deficits | Galatians 3:21-22
So, does this mean that the Law of Moses stands opposed to God’s promise? No, no, NO! In fact, if a system of religious law and performance could have communicated life, then the Law of Moses would have been the answer to our need for a whole, healed, upright walk before God in this world. But instead this very Law made it very clear that sin has taxed and spent us into the mother of all deficits – and the bill is now due; the Law could offer only a temporary bailout at best. And this set us up for the promised way out: the faithful doing and dying of Jesus Christ has fully arrived paying all in full, leaving a hefty surplus on the doorstep of each and every one who possesses quiet trust in his finished work. Galatians 3:21-22 | MAV
Murion talanton. A myriad of “talents.” It’s the amount specified in Jesus’ tale of the unforgiving servant (see Matthew 18:21-35). Some say this amount was equivalent to the gross national product of the entire Roman Empire. Ten times over. How could anyone even spend that much? But we have. We do. It’s the mother of all deficits. We are powerless to even begin repaying such a dept. All the creditor can do is sell us, our spouse, our kids, our stuff. And then it’s off to work off the rest in debtor’s prison. Sounds too much like most religious systems to me. The Law is all about ensuring we know we are debtors and that we must pay in full. And it will hound us all our days like Javert in Les Miserables until we do. Religious systems are always promising a bailout – but though the immediate situation may be eased, the debt and deficit remains, leading us to always come back for more. And then there are always those pesky attached strings. Law and Religion are only witnesses to our ruin. But Jesus pays. The Promise is the ultimate pay out, not only getting us out of the red, but leaving us swimming in a divine surplus beyond our wildest dreams. And it’s just ‘cuz.
Does your spiritual walk feel more like endlessly paying off your debt (and perhaps someday we’ll actually get beyond the interest to the principal!) or do you feel like you are swimming in a surplus? Why? How hard is it for you to let someone else cover your debts?
Lord, let me receive your generosity (grace) and then let that generosity flow through me to others. Make my life the ultimate swimming party with people crowding into the deep waters of your abundant supply in 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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