Ancient of Days
Imagine an exceedingly wealthy man who has adopted grandchildren who live far away. The grandfather has gone to great expense for his son to adopt these children, even though he already had several natural grandkids. Loving these children as much as his natural grandchildren, he never lets an occasion go by without lavishing gifts upon them.
The children enjoy their presents but whenever their grandfather calls, the kids can barely tear themselves away from their new toys to answer the phone.
As they mature, their gifts become more sophisticated and expensive. Their grandfather calls often, but the more he calls, the more irritated and impatient the children become.
“He’s too hard to understand!” the children complain.
“You talk with him. I’ve never even met him,” some protest.
“I don’t remember what he looks like,” one child whines while another wrinkles his nose and blurts out, “I don’t like the way he smells. He looks mean!” or “His nose is too big!”
Giving as little time as they can to their grandfather, the children quickly make excuses and return to their own lives and adoptive parents.
One day, their parents announce that, at long last, the family is going to visit their grandfather. One child complains he has to take care of the new car his grandfather gave him. There is no way he can reschedule his appointment. Each adopted child gives an excuse. One needs to study for a college class, another wants to leave early for a European adventure; all of which have been paid for by their grandfather.
In the end, only the natural kids load up the car and head out to spend time with Grandad. They are more than excited because they haven’t seen him for a long, long time. In fact, they ran away from home when they learned their parents were adopting new siblings. Having returned, they remember how wonderful and generous their grandfather is. They cannot imagine why their adopted brothers and sisters don’t want anything to do with him.
So it is with the Gentile church. Believers, by and large, want only the gifts Yahweh pours out on them, and have little interest or time for the giver of their presents. Yahweh, indeed, has lavished gifts on his adopted children. Without God or hope in this world, the Gentiles were given a Savior to pluck them from the snares of Satan. Messiah became a curse for them, so they could have the blessings that were poured out upon the Jews, God’s natural children.
Jesus clearly proclaimed the truth that He did not come in His own name, but in the name of Yahweh. In fact, Jesus explained that He declared the name of Yahweh so the love of God could be in His children and so that He, Himself, could live in them.
Why the disinterest with the Giver of Gifts? Why the obsession with the presents of Yahweh? Perhaps it is because we are more concerned with how the gifts of God affect our lives than we are with how our lives, designed to fill the God of Creation with joy, affect the heart of Yahweh.