21.3 Revelation – You are not the boss of me

You are not the boss of me

I think all kids go through the phase of trying to understand control and who is in charge.  All rebel.  All at some point say the words “you are not the boss of me” to a friend, sibling, or sometimes to a parent.

One of our questions today asked why people reject the concept of sin and judgment.  I think it stems from this exact same mindset.

What was the original temptation in the garden?  To be “like God.”

There are two ways we go about this today.  The first is denial of God.  We start with the premise that there is no God and then manufacture explanations for things that are clear evidence of God.  We deny creation itself.  We replace God with self will, accident, chance, or even more ridiculous things like “the universe.”  Science becomes a god.  We explain away and ridicule things we see of God such as the beauty and majesty of creation, while at the same time, worshiping the created instead of the creator.  All of this stems from the simple statement that we want to make to God, “you are not the boss of me.”

The second way we go about this same statement is to attempt to elevate ourselves (or sometimes something else) to the level of God.  If we are on the same plain as God, then He is not the boss.  We deny the uniqueness of ourselves as being made in God’s image, while simultaneously elevating ourselves to the same level as God.  We attempt to lower God to our level with statements such as, “how could a loving God…?”  We attempt to put ourselves as judge over God, “I could never believe in a God who…”  We attempt to lower God to our level by attempting to make promises and “deals” with Him, “God, I’ll do this, if you’ll just…”

But, here is the cold hard truth: God is the boss of you and me.  He did create us and everything else and He is in charge.  We would be far better off and far happier in life if, instead of rebelling and fighting this fact or living in denial of it, we embraced this fact and then thanked and worshiped God for being such a wonderful, caring, exceptional boss.  Frankly, we work for the best boss in the universe!

My Answers:

Man’s nature is sin and deceit, filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

Judgment of God and then Death, (also Romans 6:23)

All prompt it.  Even in our attempt to do good we are arrogant and self-righteous.  It is only in prayerful obedience that we receive our future holy selves for a very brief period of time.  Every one of my sins, both those through commission and omission deserve God’s full sin.

They first are in denial of their own sin.  Secondly they desire to be their own god and own judge which was the original sin in the garden

BSF Genesis: Week 21, Day 5

Today’s Scriptures


Obeyed his father and mother

swore oath to God, Built altar to become God’s house, tithed

served 7 years for Rachel but seemed like only a few days because of his love for her

God was with him, blessed him, protected him, took from those who cheated

Prayed, trusted in God for protection and salvation

Faith – God rewards those who earnestly seek him

Patriarch – the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.  Inheritence not only of father, but of God, chosen to be his own, a trasured possession

What good is it to me, married pagan wives (to the grief of his parents) Polygamist, married a granddaughter of Ishmael because she wasn’t Canaanite.

My Daily Journal:

First, to clear something up (or not).  My view on Esau’s marriage to the grand daughter of Ishmael is evidently different than many of the others in my discussion group based on answers.  I saw it as just another knee-jerk response rather than a slap in the face to his parents.  He learned they didn’t like Canaanite wives, so he was bent on marrying the first available non-Canaanite woman he could find.  Who else was around but the descendents of Ishmael?

Second, and this is a special prayer request, this whole thing about spiritual inheritance is a very important message particularly for the kids in my group.  I’m blessed to work with middle-school kids this year.  The idea that their actions speak for more than just themselves is a very, very important concept and one, frankly, they don’t get.  When God says, I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, this tells me that Jacob’s behavior, the way he is viewed by others, is not simply a reflection on him, but it is a reflection on his father, his grandfather and his God.

Is any less true for us?  When we mis-behave or act inappropriately, what message does that send about my father, grandfather and God?  When I look at my actions and decisions and behavior in that light, does it change the way I act.

In preparing for my lecture I made the statement “the choices we make reveal the person that we are.  If we wish to be someone else, the path is simple… make different choices.”  This isn’t meant to say that we need to rely on our own strength and judgment, but sometimes we make things out to be far bigger than they are.  God has the strength to support us on any right path… but the choice is ours.

Am I looking at my immediate wants and desires, or am I looking at how my decisions reflect the character of my father, grandfather and God?  I might have made a few better decisions in my life had I kept this in mind earlier!

Again, if you are reading this, I would ask your prayers for the delivery of this message to the middle school children, particularly the young men.  I ask that their hearts be open to feeling the burden of this, not in a negative way, but in an empowering way.  They have been gifted with a family name and a God who deserves their best behavior and their best decisions!