Jesus said: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
The context is even better (The Billy Talty Remix):
Jesus is approached by some torah scholars that want to stump him on a biblical paradox. One steps up: “Teacher (sarcasm much), Moses said if a man dies, and he doesn’t have kids, then his brother is supposed to marry the wife and get the job done. But, when they all die, whose wife is she?”
Jesus says “Well first, you clearly haven’t read Marx, cause there is no sexual hierarchy in heaven. And second, you don’t even believe in the resurrection, which is at the root of your question, and is the root of your problem”
*biblical jujitsu* IAM THE GOD OF… = STILL LIVING, FOOLS
*POW* Jesus wins.
But this is the typical rhythm of the whole gospel:
- Jesus meets Boy
- Boy tries to trip Jesus up with red-tape
- Jesus counters with examining Boy’s heart
- Boy falls for Jesus
Jesus doesn’t seem to care about the laws as they were handled by those executing them. He seems to care more about the laws as they are to be applied in all times to all people. He doesn’t really seem to care so much about the morbid execution of obedience as he does the humble attempt at fulfillment. He doesn’t want us to serve the law, he wants the law to help us serve each other. He doesn’t want us to disobey God by trying to obey the rules that God dictated.
And Jesus reiterates this.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
“Blessed are those servantswhom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.”
Jesus tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
I think it is really freaking gay to not be a servant, and I think GOD agrees.
“You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses.”
“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not fall in with the many to do evil, nor shall you bear witness in a lawsuit, siding with the many, so as to pervert justice, nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his lawsuit. If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying down under its burden, you shall refrain from leaving him with it; you shall rescue it with him. You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his lawsuit. Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the clear-sighted and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.”
Jesus asks us to serve God first, and he shows us that the easiest way to do this is by serving others, giving praise to God. If we spend more time allowing the law to serve us, by guiding us to the most excellent way, and less time serving the law, we will live as children of God.