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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 13:46:37 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Square One

Who Made Who?
by Richard Mansel

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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