You Missed What Mark?

You’ve Missed What Mark?

Moses gave us a mythological story in Genesis called Adam and Eve, the account some believe to be actual and others allegorical. He compares the first time humans “sinned” to a fruit called the “knowledge of good and evil.” Whether you believe the story to be literal or allegorical, the comparison of fruit to disobedience against God is the central focus. I find it quite accurate to liken sin with fruit. Most fruit has seed that will reproduce. Moses seems to be indicating that there was a time when humankind first erred and chose to focus on evil, rather than good. Humankind chose to reproduce fruit that was against the nature of God, and those actions separated us from the Nature of God.
Just like may, I am turned off by the brow beating we hear on TV by the evangelists who use sin as a means of condemnation. Most of them may have never investigated the Allegorical, or the Biblical word picture given to us. The New Testament word for sin is the word Harmartia. It was a military term used by the Romans meaning: to “miss the mark.” Used in conjunction with Archery, any time a Roman Marksman shot his bow and arrow and missed, he “missed the mark.” The target, then, was the mark. Just like the Romans, Christians have targets to shoot for and those marks are as diverse and unique to each follower of Christ as there are stars, yet the targets are all made of the same substance.
The Epistle writer Saint Paul writes this in Romans: “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” Ro 3:23 Now, he goes on to tell us that the “glory” of God is the “Spirit” of God. Ro 6:4 and 8:11. We all come short of the presence or Spirit of God and miss coming into to fullness of the fruit of the Spirit. Gal 5:23ff Why did Moses compare sin to a forbidden fruit? The kind of fruit that the Spirit of God produces is not the kind that the world may produce. We are all to produce peace, love, joy, faithfulness, kindness, gentleness, self-control, meekness, and patience, the attributes of the Almighty and the character of Christ. When we do not produce these things, we miss the Mark; we fall short of the glory (Spirit) of God. We all miss it from time to time, and that is no reason for condemnation. In fact, Paul writes in the first of verse of Romans 8 and states: “…there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus for the law of the Spirit of life has made us free from the law of sin and death.” Reassuring, isn’t it?
Our Targets are to become the unique persons He made us to be, and to produce that good fruit of the Spirit in the diverse ways unique people do. What is your target?
Paul states that “Christ, who never missed the marked became the missed target on our behalf that we can achieve the Glory of God…” II Co 5:21 (my paraphrase). We no longer are separated from God by falling short, our aim redirected by Jesus. When we do need to refocus, life in the Spirit puts us right back on target!

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About Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

Disciple of Jesus Christ with a Progressive Message, Author, Franciscan Friar, Musician, Social Activist, and Urban Missionary View all posts by Friar Timothy, Franciscan Urban Mission, INC.

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