Greetings Men – Last week I shared with you about one of my least favorite things. This week, I want to tell you about my least favorite subject in college – English. Whether it was grammar or literature, I did not like it at all. I loved science, physics, history, thermodynamics, learned to love trigonometry and calculus – but never English! All of those other subjects with based on facts and logic – absolutes and truth. In my mind, English was totally random. Someone decided that this word was a noun, this thing was predicate adjective and that thing was a dangling participle – totally random. And when the professor made us read a work of literature or a poem like “Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.” and then asked us what the author was trying to communicate to us, to me it was very clear – “A girl named Mary had a really clingy small white sheep – end of story!” I suppose it should not have surprised me that I did not do well in that class!!
So when I had to read “Paradise Lost”, written by John Milton in 1667, I could not believe that his stated purpose for writing this work was “to justify the ways of God to man”. How presumptuous I thought, that Milton would even think that he could justify the ways of God to humanity. Scripture clearly says of God that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. So how could mere man explain God, let alone “justify his ways”?
Today, it seems that we are still struggling to figure out God. Almost 350 years after Milton thought he explained God, man is still trying to figure Him out. Why? Scripture makes it perfectly clear that if we want to know God, we simply have to look at the life of the Man Jesus Christ! Jesus clearly states things like “I and the Father are one” and “if you have seen Me you have seen the Father”. Last week, Andy asked us to read one of the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. If you did that, it became perfectly clear who Jesus is and therefore who God is. It’s even simpler that explaining “Mary had a little lamb”!
This week, Andy challenges us once again to read one of the Gospels and will ask us “What did you learn about the Father from the Son?” If you do this with that question in mind, you will find the answer to be fascinating and exciting! Take the time to do this before Wednesday.
Terry and David McNamara are on for snacks this week. I am excited to see what this father/son team will come up with! God bless you men… Tom