What is the difference between the advantage of weakness and the disaster of weakness? The final of The Advantage of Weakness just went to the printer yesterday! My new book Love’s Playbook 5–The Advantage of Weakness is the story of Moses and the Exodus (chapters 1-24). Available next week!
It’s interesting how it stopped at chapter 24 instead of 40. I had written through chapter 40 but I wasn’t feeling good about ending the book there. It seemed it should go right into Leviticus since that is primarily the story of dedicating the Tabernacle, and Moses got the plans in chapter 25. (Leviticus is going to be interesting to tell as a story that makes God look all good all the time!) Most people wash out after Exodus.
And then one morning as I was sitting in Ruach’s lap, I got the idea to end it after chap 24, which confirms the covenant between Israel and Adonai, and ends on a high note. The book was plenty long enough at that point (240 pp), and why not make the next book focus on the benefit of law that goes through Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy as well?
What a great idea! I think we don’t really understand law, and there is less “story” in those three–a lot of data and reference material, but not a lot of story. So making it the second half of Israel’s journey as told in the next three books made sense. A great sense of relief came–especially since the first half really does show the advantage of weakness, but the second half–not so much. It more shows the disadvantage of weakness or the disaster of weakness, or the stupidity of not trusting God to do what He said He would–the worst kind of weakness.
So what is the difference between the advantage of weakness and the disaster of weakness? You probably guessed–trusting God. God is the advantage factor always, but if you don’t know Him, it’s hard to trust, harder to admit weakness. Vulnerability is not something we like or do easily, and yet it is the key to accessing the advantage. “I don’t need God” will get you a kind of freedom but leave you without advantage. So many people either don’t know God at all, or they have a scary picture of God. I totally get it.
I’m writing this series because I have read the Bible daily since I was 15, but some of it scared me. I ended up with more questions by the time I was an adult. “I do tend to overthink things, but I’ve always been analytical by nature. “Why?” has always been my favorite question. But asking why questions about God from a lateral or a legal perspective can make you crazy.
However, if you ask those questions from a cosmic or vertical perspective, things look a lot different! As I wrote last week–probably heresy to some of you–I think there are many worlds with many beings watching what is happening here on this tiny, but very significant, planet. It is the only way all of the questions, all of the suffering, and all the seeming contradictions in the Bible make sense. There is a lot more to our story than we ever thought.
And to read it in the setting of a war between good and evil where God has been charged with Narcissism, and responsibility for suffering, and declared unfit to rule, by one of his kids, makes everything make sense. Especially when you read the correct meaning into a few scriptures like Romans 3:4**–God has put himself on trial. He is transparent, loves transparency, and knows He will win. But He isn’t happy over the loss, He just accepts our freedom.
And He is so happy for us to understand our significance, and to have our help winning His case. So happy to have us choose Him and life for ourselves through accepting His act and gift of unselfish love–solidly establishing the truth about Him and securing safety for the universe forever. Now it’s just a matter of time and our “getting it”.
God wins through weakness! What a concept. But He only looked weak, it takes incredible strength to suffer like He* did.
*Just in case you read my books, it drives me crazy to talk about God as one person after always writing about God as three–yes, still one God–but I don’t want to add that distraction to heavy new subjects.
**Romans 3:4 is correct in most translations except the most commonly used New International Version.