Sunday, July 18, 2010

Exposure

The way of this world is to uncover our bare, open, naked vulnerability.  “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, ‘Teacher this woman has been caught in the act of adultery’,” John 8:3-4.  It seeks to expose our failure and lust.  This world lures us into obeying our subjectiveness and becoming a degraded human.  “They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin.  They entice unsteady souls…” 2 Peter 2:14.  Yes, this world seeks to exploit our separation from the Life of God.  And we feel shame and we do everything we can not to feel it; to run from the Source of Life because when we are near it our degraded flesh is obvious to all.  But when we are far away from Life we just look like everyone else.  No one needs to know the lowliness of our condition…
“Not many days later the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.  And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.  And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything,” Luke 15:13-16.
You see the way of this world is exposure, and indeed God does not interfere.  Subjective humans far from His Life need to return home for a covering.  We must become sick of the way of this world.  We must come to understand that our flesh was created good and designed frail and in need of His protective command.  We need the ruling perspective of the King.
No, it is true, figs leaves will not do.  I want sincerely to know and be known.  I must go home.  There is a place where knowing and being known is not subject to the eyes of good and evil.  There are judgments that encounter my nakedness and choose to cover me.  The Heart of the Holy One has nothing to do with the good and evil options of mankind. It exists far outside of our dilemma.  If I truly wish to know and be known, I must go here, to the Heart of the Holy One….  “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  And he began to teach them many things,” Mark 6:34.  There is a place where I am seen.  A place where I am known and taught lovingly to know.  There is a place, not of this world, where my flesh can go for a covering…
“And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins and clothed them,” Genesis 3:21.

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