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BIBLICAL PARADOXES

Before focusing upon the Biblical paradoxes, let’s focus upon what the Oxford Dictionary has to say about the word “Paradox”. Well it defines the same as “a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true.” Well are there paradoxical statements in the Bible? Hmmm… many but in this message I want to train my spotlight on only eight of them. Firstly…

COMMANDMENTS…

Now the law came in to increase the trespass…Romans 5:21

Talk of automobile accidents increasing after introduction of traffic laws…is this probable? Well, the Mosaic Law given at Mount Sinai to the redeemed Israelites from the Egyptian bondage (Exodus 20) aroused all kinds of forbidden desires in them when brought in contact with their inherent, rebellious Adamic nature. Now let an erstwhile rabid Jew explain his predicament, we pick up action from Romans 7:7-8 (TLB). Over to Apostle Paul…

“Well then, am I suggesting that these laws of God are evil? Of course not! No, the law is not sinful, but it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known the sin in my heart—the evil desires that are hidden there—if the law had not said, “You must not have evil desires in your heart.” But sin used this law against evil desires by reminding me that such desires are wrong, and arousing all kinds of forbidden desires within me!...”

Laws of God coupled with man’s innate fallen, sinful nature (inherited from the first breakers of Law –mind you sin is lawlessness-I John 3:4) makes for an explosive mix. Talk of mixing gasoline with fire…

The “paradoxical” attitude of Israelites at same Mount Sinai (they hadn’t moved an inch) after receipt of the Laws on one occasion, is proof if one is needed that Divine Laws aimed at man’s welfare and his rebellious nature do not belong to the “made for each other” genre. Let the Scripture take over…

“So they were up early the next morning and began offering burnt offerings and peace offerings to the calf idol; afterwards they sat down to feast and drink at a wild party, followed by sexual immorality.” – Exodus 32:6

Now how’s that for a “Rev Party”!!! If the Law itself leads to death…where exactly is the solution. Let the same, hitherto Jewish fundamentalist named Saul answer it (after he became a Christian, he was christened Paul)…

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. Romans 7:25 (NLT)

Well, then how did Christ the Saviour accomplish it? Save us from our own wicked hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), as it were? Through the “heart transplantation process” beginning with the work completed at the Cross!!! Welcome to yet another Biblical paradox…


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