Maybe it’s because I was a school teacher, or it might be because I am an unusual learner, but I don’t learn very much when something is presented to me formally. Or maybe it’s the scientist, forever delving and saying ‘but how do you know that?’ Or maybe it’s my distrust of people who tell me the truth, rather than those who take the trouble to show me the truth.
Whatever it is, I think the truth comes with humour and personality, not logic – though it is logical!
This morning we read the account of Nathan the prophet, coming to David with a story of a beloved ewe lamb, and a despicable neighbour. David was incensed, and then told he was that neighbour. He was completely disarmed, laid bare, made to face the consequences, and ultimately rescued. Logic didn’t do it, but the foresight of a God who loved and knew him, coming alongside him. The truth has personality.
When Jesus says you shall ‘know the truth,’ it’s translated with the greek verb ‘gnosis,’ which means to ‘know, especially through personal experience’ And it is the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth, and he is described as the ‘alongsider.’
The truth is far too important to treat seriously. It has to be revealed by love.
The cross brought the tablets to life.