Timothy Edwards learned that his nephew Aaron Burr intended to join Benedict Arnold’s attack on Quebec during the American Revolution. He sent a servant to stop him. Reaching Burr outside Newburyport, Massachusetts, where Burr intended to enlist, the servant delivered Edwards’ “ultimatum.”
He first handed the rebellious youth a stern letter: return at once. Burr read it, then asked the servant what uncle would do if he refused. The servant presented a second letter from Edwards. It begged Burr not to go because of the hardships involved. Burr laughed. Timothy had also expected that. The servant pulled out a bag of gold, gave it to Burr with his uncle’s reluctant blessing. Hamilton and Burr, 41-42.
Lots of people would love to have Timothy Edwards as their deity. Since they intend to live as they please, they want a god who will agree with them and support whatever decision they make. Who think they can out-stubborn and out-last their god’s demands.
None of which the REAL GOD allows! What the REAL GOD says is, “Do as I say or you’ll suffer the consequences.”
The Creator won’t stop ruling as he determines just because we want him to rule as we please. We need to impress on our unsaved friends the need to stop opposing God and surrender to his Son. John 4:27 tells of the disciples returning to Jacob’s well after getting luncheon supplies in Sychar. What did they see but the Jewish Rabbi Jesus conversing with a Samaritan woman! Yet...none dared ask him why he obliterated tradition. And none condemned her for talking publicly with a renowned rabbi.
We all stand in the place of the six men. Whatever God does, we remain in awe, saying nothing. Whatever God says, we stand dumb before his didache. And only fools dare dispute with him. End Part IV
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