Covered with the Worst Dung

What are your thoughts and decisions regarding someone who has totally betrayed you? You trusted him. You thought you could rely upon him. You thought that your relationship was complete, that that he “had your back.” Now, the relationship is shattered. The trust is broken. What had seemed to be the greatest thing has been turned to scum.

I hope that the above thoughts have moved your heart to righteous anger about such a broken relationship.

Yet, keep in mind that is how God feels about sin and us. We are the ones who shattered and broke what God had built with loving hands and mind. It is not that God betrayed us, but we betrayed him by our sin. It was not that God ran from us, but we became traitors to the good news of God.

By the grace of God, the LORD himself did heal our shattered relationship and healed us. Still, it is good to understand how awful our sin is, or we might take our sin and our broken relationship with God as normal and okay.

By our sin and the curse which sin brings upon us, we are children who have thus hated the loving God. By deserting the Lord and his good will, we have betrayed his love. God is not stoic about our sin. His voice cries out in anguish because of our sin. His heart breaks and he “thrashes and laments” in sorrow and agony, because of human rejection that has chosen sin, Satan, and slavery over his love.

His love for his people is deep and real. His will is not tyranny, but what he knows is best for life. His desire is not control and slavery, but freedom and eternal life in him.

Yet, by our sin we “flip God off,” (even though that is a nasty phrase, that is still what we do), we run to the filthy side of the world, we roll around in the dung of our own sin. By our sin we proclaim to the Lord, “I am happy to listen to the scam of Satan and his deep hatred and anger, than to the real love of God.”

Truly, we cannot create a vivid enough picture to describe the sinful traitors that we are and the sadness of the Lord over fallen sinners.

The LORD did not remain in his sorrow, but began the salvation of all people and sent his son to run into the fires of hell and rescue us. God condemned his son to die in our place, as our substitute on the cross. The son took upon himself all of sin, the sin of all people and the sin of all time. He grabbed every one of our sins – big sins and little sin, awful sins and seemingly insignificant sins. He grabbed them. He stuffed his pockets and his being full of our sins. He heaped baskets full of sin and placed every one of those baskets on his shoulders. The tons of sin, the mile high piles of sins, were not too much for his love to hold.

Then covered with the dung of trillions of sins, he went to the cross bearing it all. And there, the fires of hell, hotter than 50 stars, engulfed his being like molten lava, and burned his soul to charred flesh and bone. So Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me!”

As our substitute an amazing love took place. Rather than the sin and fires of hell consuming Jesus, the fires of hell consumed the sins. Rather than eternal pain and agony turning every moment and every thought to torment and hopelessness, nothing was left but the ash of sin fallen down around his feet. Rather than slavery and hatred becoming his eternal life, freedom and joy came from the Lord and was given to all who will receive the gift. To begin our joy, to move our hearts to see the gift of forgiveness, Jesus said, “It is finished!”

Our sin is rejection of God, it is rushing to Satan and calling it god. Our sin shows us to be the worst of traitors.

Christ on the cross, shows God’s true nature. His love, his sacrifice, his grace, his forgiveness shines forth and proclaims the gospel to every heart who listens.

Compare the spiritual nature of Satan with God. Which one will you follow and rejoice in – the devil, his world, and his will of anger, or the LORD and his will of forgiveness and love?

In thought and heart the answer is easy and clear. Listen to the truth and act upon the truth. Receive the depth, the width, and the height of the Gospel.

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9,10a)

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9 Responses to “Covered with the Worst Dung”

  1. You trusted Paul the Pharisee – you thought you could rely on him, but….

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

    • Dear Matthew, Thank you for your poem. As you correctly said, Jesus is the only way. I was not sure, though, if you were trying to say that Paul had it wrong when he wrote, “I will show you the most excellent way …” for Paul was pointing directly at Christ with that comment. Jesus was Paul’s most excellent way as the context of the chapter and all Paul’s writings state. If I missed correctly understanding you comment at that point, I am sad about that. Again, thanks for your note. I hope and pray that you have a very Jesus blessed day. Sincerely, John

  2. Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
    Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from of the Law of Moses.

    Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it?
    The one in Deuteronomy 6, or the one in Leviticus 19 ?

    • Thank you very much for the notes. With his comment in Matthew 22 and Mark 12 Jesus was summarizing all three of the first three commandments and the Old Testament references to those commandments. If you typically think of the fourth commandment as “Keep the Sabbath Holy” then Jesus’ summary is of the first four commandments. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you.

      • Do you deny that Jesus was quoting one commandment from the existing text of Deuteronomy 6 in order to do a “summary of the first four commandments” ?

      • Of course, he was quoting, but he was also summarizing. Why would you accuse those of being different? If respond quickly, I will not be able to respond for a bit, for I have other commitments.

  3. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, of Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [Mark 12:29-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5]

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22:37-38, Deuteronomy 6:5,]

    • Please forgive me for taking longer to respond to your first question. Certainly the Deuteronomy reference is closest to the words Jesus spoke, yet he was not excluding the other from his thinking. Again, thank you for the opportunity to talk. Have a very blessed day.

      • Please forgive me for being blunt – but we are talking about the very words of Jesus, telling us what is “most important.” I can’t think of anything more important than that.

        Jesus gave a straight answer, directly, explicitly, specifically, twice, speaking in complete consecutive sentences. He didn’t make up his own one new rule on the spot.

        Jesus identified the “first and greatest” “most important one.” Which one is it?
        The one in Deuteronomy 6, or the one in Leviticus 19 ?

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