The law of God is not a set of rules to test our obedience, but rather meant to reveal patterns of relationship that reflect God’s own nature.
In the New Testament account of the woman caught in adultery, the law of the day required that both the man and the woman be accused. The law also required that there be two witnesses to the act. In this case, the requirements of the law were not being met and the woman, whether guilty or not, was being held unjustly.
Jesus responds to the unjust act by demonstrating his God-nature of faithfulness to the unfaithful woman. He calls her up to a higher standard of life. The only stones touching the woman that day were the foundation stones of God’s rule, attended by the witnesses of love and truth.
Jesus did not diminish the law but raised it to be representative of the very nature of God.
Justice, most simply, means putting things right again. Jesus is always interested in the wronged party. He comes to make right that which is wrong. He comes to restore relationship.
“…Place a lawgiver over them.” Psalm 9:20 (TPT)
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.” Matthew 21:12 (NIV)
Occasionally we may flip tables in the temple, but this comes only after we’ve spent time weeping over Jerusalem.
True righteous resistance is difficult to discern. Yet this one thing I know … it does not come without tears.
It was said of Patrick Henry, one of America’s Founding Fathers, that he was trained in the tradition of righteous resistance, tutored in the principles of higher law.
A higher law–the law above the law–the higher law of love. His name is Yeshua. And His Love is relentless.
Jesus–the epitome of righteous resistance. He overturns the tables of greed to make room for the blind and crippled so that they might be healed.
Maybe we just need to make some room.
True healing comes when hearts are overturned by the Higher Law of Love. And this does not come without brokenness. This does not come without tears.
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi dissident.
Love & Peace.