...said the Oracle to the man.
Then in his reaction to the statement turned around and accidentally knocked it down into pieces.
After saying she would have her kids handle it, she then said;
"the question is, would you still have dropped the vase if I hadn't told you...?"
My question is would you still have lied if you hadn't been told that lying was bad?
Would you still have stolen if you hadn't been told that stealing was bad?
Cause and effect. You tell a little child not to touch the flat iron and then this increases his desire to touch the flat iron. That is what the law does to the man.
Did you know that there was no law in Israel until Moses? And that before that time there was right and wrong too? However did you know that sin increased with the introduction of the law? Why? When it should have been meant to deter people from sin.
Why is it that when told about the vase, we instinctively break it?
Because, that is our nature. That is the core of our being. That is what we have become. Our nature is to sin. Our propensity is towards evil and not good. No matter how good a man may try to be, the very core of him is struggling to be bad.
Where is the way out? For many good men out there complain that " I do not want to break the vase, but then I do." The evil I hate I do, the good I should do I don't. Why? What can the man do to escape this? "What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death?"
In the words of Paul "Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
God IS love. We cannot deserve His love, we cannot work for it, we cannot earn it. This is how much He loves us, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. His love does not depend on good and bad, it depends on His nature. His nature is love.
Some have said His love is unfair. That a molester, a paedophile, a murderer has only to repent and then be accepted into God's loving arms and kingdom. In man's eyes, especially those who think they're good enough,this is valid, however in God's eyes it is the perfect plan: that we become righteous by faith not by works.
"But to him not working, but believing on Him justifying the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. " Romans 4:5
"Even as David also says of the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness without works,saying, "Blessed are those whose lawlessnesses are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;blessed is the man to whom the Lord will in no way impute sin." Rom 4:6-8
Don't worry about the vase...