Jaro, did you read today's reading? Isaiah 2:3-11. You referenced beating plows to plow shears a bit ago. When Jesus Christ came one of the arguments that I hear from my brother - who is Jewish is that He did not deliver Israel from Roman rule, therefore He could not be the Messiah. Yet, Israel stands TODAY as a sovereign country - it is no longer under the rule of another gentile nation. And as sick as it sounds, if Christ did not come and die for us and for Israel, Israel would be a scattered nation to this day.
There is the first coming of Christ, and the second coming of Christ. The first brought us His Holy Spirit, the second a new world. It is in THIS new world where the kings and leaders of THIS world FAIL and are laughed at - and no one at that time will take up the leadership role, but Christ.
Until then, we still live in a fallen world. A world of princes and principalities - a world of great darkness. At this time, we have SEEN a great light. In the coming age we will be redeemed by that great light.
Seasons come and go. His seasons are not our seasons. We are creatures of linier time.
Think of this. . .it took ONE man (speaking of the man/God, Jesus Christ) to bring redemption to ALL of mankind. It only takes ONE. Just ONE. God is ONE - and He can do anything. I am nothing but dust. . .you are nothing but dust. . .both of us taking on the mantle of Christ, the filling of Christ . . . who knows what God will do or how. . .but I know for a fact that it won't be by my might. . . or my strength. . .or yours. It's by His Spirit. . . Who knows the very heart and mind of God.
So right idea. . . but it's season has not come. This is the season we are in. This is the time we are in. Be thankful for this, it is IN THIS that all things will bear fruit for THAT season.
The book of Revelations is an incredible book of God glorifying His Kingship and setting all things RIGHT. We can't do it. Only He can do it.
Now in the meantime. . .do I pay taxes? Do my sons go to war if they are drafted? I live as a foreigner on this planet. My home is elsewhere. Do I pay rent while I am here? Until evil is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire, evil has this world. We are in it, not of it. Do I pay taxes to evil, then?
Why? Why would I do such a thing? "In what way do I demonstrate love by paying homage to". . .EVIL? ("the emperor?")
Matthew 5:9 ESV
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:13 ESV
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
So we are to maintain or restore peace, if we want to be the sons / daughters of our Father in heaven - not for ourselves but for those who are lost in this world. We already have the Peace from above in us through The Holy Spirit. . .but that Peace is to go out into the world. The great commission was not 'go into a field and be 'off the grid' until I come again.' The great commission was: Matthew 28:16-20 ESV
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
They went to John the Baptist but Jesus went to them
So will I pay taxes. Yes. Why? Because it gives me ownership of this time for this moment and in doing so I can turn what is evil into good by being the salt.
Now if I take this great commission He gave to us and rest on my laurels. . .and just pay taxes and sit at home watching TV all day and let life revolve around me? Then I become the very evil He seeks to destroy. . . and God help me, because I will be destroyed right along with that evil I so partake. I've become flavorless. Without use, and only good for being trodden under feet.
So each of us have a choice what we will do in becoming sons of God. . .in the Great Commission. Some pray because HE SO LOVES THE WORLD. Some DO because HE SO LOVES THE WORLD. Some are martyred BECAUSE HE SO LOVES THE WORLD. Some go here and there spreading His Gospel, BECAUSE HE SO LOVES THE WORLD.
If I love HIM. . .Then the very things important to HIM are important TO ME. If I don't love HIM, then I do not care, and I become nothing more than a leech. If I don't love Him, then I insist that He take MY agenda of MY understanding. . . instead of understanding that His ways are higher than my ways and I may not understand them, but they are PERFECT. If I love Him, I will ask Him to break my heart with what breaks His, to move my heart in His direction. . .to help me to submit to Him in every action of every moment of every day - and know that it is only in Him that I can do this.
So, in His time, when He comes again to judge the living and the dead, all things will be made new and RIGHT. Evil is defeated. Kings fall and are discarded, and the ONE KING reigns.
But He does it, we don't. We pray and ask for His coming. . .the Bride cries out, "Lord Come!" We walk in the salt that we are and do not become useless slugs. We are the light of the world, we do not hide in bushels. . .we shine our light before men. (Matthew 5:14) . . . .we do not hide. . . we pay to Caesar what belong to Caesar, we give to God what is God's. . .in this we don't serve two masters. We serve one master and pay RENT to the other. We live in his dominion until his dominion is overthrown trusting God every day and in every way to do so, as it is not ours to do. If we firmly believe it is ours to do, then we make ourselves god. We know that even as we pay tax - that we are actually giving it to God because God is sovereign were as these other guys just THINK they are the bosses.
With this, I'm going to excuse myself from these conversations, as I am weak and struggle with pride and vanity. Please forgive me. I will continue to pray for you, please pray for me, a sinner.