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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Having one ruler versus many

C. S. Lewis, in The Silver Chair (Macmillan, 1953, p. 131), said (through Puddleglum) that "There are no accidents . . ."

My devotional readings included the following, on two consecutive days:

Ezekiel 37:21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. (Both quotations from the ESV, with emphasis added.)

Proverbs 28:2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.

I guess there's a lesson in there. Our natural tendency is selfish -- making ourselves the ruler of everything and everybody we can. That way lies disaster. The right tendency is submission to Christ, and to those around us.

Or, as James put it, in what I read on the next day:
James 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2a You desire and do not have, so you murder.

Thanks for reading.

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