Monday, February 13, 2012
Flesh and Blood, Spiritual Forces
Call me cooky but I prefer some Old Testament to New if that can even make sense to say. They aren't contrary to each other. When I'm justly angry at the world or even myself, my first craving is to take care of it with my hands. It's just the first thing that comes to me, first feeling I get. It actually says a great deal about how UNspiritual I am. The photo is just for fun. Haven't even seen the film.
In the Old Testament there were men of war, heroes in battle, beacons for justice both for their people and in more personal ways and all on the side of God. When I feel passionately I feel like gettin after it. Most of the time it's me I want to punch!
Jesus gives greater light and clarification than the OT of course and the Apostles after Him. The individual or army or action is not the real enemy, not ultimately anyway. It's my own flesh that wants to draw blood. Even if it's mine.
Eph. 6:12 is such a challenging verse to my initial thinking then. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."