A young man, by the name of Mike, creates an entire village in miniature in a field behind his house. He places streets, parks, houses, cars, people, trees, flowers, and shrubbery within its borders. Mike is the master of his city and he spends all of his free time grooming it to perfection.
Imagine, Mike sees anger, hatred, war, and crime in the city he has lovingly created. He can manipulate them, but this will be a temporary and artificial solution. Instead, he decides to become one of them and help them solve their problems. He goes down and becomes one of the people in his city. He offers answers and an end to all conflict. Some heed his advice, but the city leaders stir up the town against Mike and imprison him. After a sham trial, he is killed for his “crimes.”
When these people kill Mike, does that make them more powerful than Mike? Are they now superior beings? Are they now greater than their creator? Who made who?
God loves man more than we are capable of understanding. He provided for man a plan of salvation. He sent his son to earth to teach man how to live a wonderful life, receive remission of sins, and reside in heaven for eternity. Yet, he was rejected and killed by the people he came to help.
Jesus was the agent of creation (John 1:3). His death was prophesied (Isaiah 53) and planned (Romans 5:6-11). He rose from the grave on the third day (Luke 24:5,6) and returned to sit at the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11; Acts 7:55,56). His death was not indicative of his weakness, but was the source of his plan. The fact that he left the grave behind is proof enough of his power.
Clearly, Jesus is not inferior to man. So why do men disregard what he says so easily? Why do they reject his authority through his Word? Why do they try to change his church and worship to suit themselves? Why do they smear and blaspheme his name if he is clearly superior? Who made who?
Men take his Word and try to mold it to suit their tastes. They keep the palatable and discard the rest. Committees and synods gather to pick apart the Scriptures to decide what parts will be followed. People look to culture, traditions, opinions, family, friends, and a host of other sources. They disregard Jesus’ teachings and present a diluted version of him to the world. Who made who?
Men have seemingly lost the fear of God. Thieves use his name to steal money from the poor. In his name atrocities are committed. Technology and superior military ability have blinded men to the overwhelming power of God. He exists in their minds as a concept, harmless and waiting to dispense blessings and favors. He supposedly sits by and waits until he is called for and if he doesn’t perform adequately, he is to be criticized and discarded. Who made who?
God is loving, forgiving, compassionate, and longsuffering. Yet, he will not be ignored nor allow men to disregard his authority. Men must humble themselves before his throne (Job 38-41; Leviticus 26:14-22).
God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He is eager to save us from our sins and extend his grace upon us all (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-10).
We must realize that God made man, and we must submit to his will or suffer the consequences. And when we do, we will find greater blessings than we can ever conceive (Malachi 3:10; Leviticus 26:1-12). We would be very wise to realize our place in his plan, not his place in ours.
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