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1 Western Bible Conference Renew our Hearts Renew our Hearts The Passions of Perfect Love

2 Is there a centering principle? How do we serve/lead moment by moment knowing that our doing arises out of His Being? How do we serve/lead moment by moment knowing that our doing arises out of His Being? Are their resources available which can feed into the dailyness or the mundanity of life? Are their resources available which can feed into the dailyness or the mundanity of life? Is it possible to be a passionate practitioner? Is it possible to be a passionate practitioner?

3 The definition of love Polling the philosophers of our day Polling the philosophers of our day What is Love? Emotional? Chemical? Continual or Episodic? Completing or Depleting? Best or Worst? Difference between love or loving?

4 The philosophers opine

5 Sin as the Perversion of Love The expression of sin in Israel – Hos. 4:14-15I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin. Though you play the whore, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. The expression of sin in Israel – Hos. 4:14-15I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore, nor your brides when they commit adultery; for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes and sacrifice with cult prostitutes, and a people without understanding shall come to ruin. Though you play the whore, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. All mad passions are true love gone astray All mad passions are true love gone astray S. L. Brengle

6 Is a re-appraisal of love necessary? The language of Church existence The language of Church existence Overweening preoccupation with Lordship Overweening preoccupation with Lordship Duty as the sole reason for following Jesus Duty as the sole reason for following Jesus Recurrent lack of spiritual discipline Recurrent lack of spiritual discipline The bottom line mentality – obeyed, so now…. The bottom line mentality – obeyed, so now…. The loss of pure unadulterated passion The loss of pure unadulterated passion Conversation at family meals, board meetings and even, some Bible Conferences Conversation at family meals, board meetings and even, some Bible Conferences The present view on salvation is not adequate. The present view on salvation is not adequate. We need a renewal of a different paradigm

7 Love in the Old Testament No Abstract or Speculative Discourse No Abstract or Speculative Discourse No clear definition of the content No clear definition of the content Most often in the context of family Most often in the context of family Marriage Marriage Familial Intimacy Familial Intimacy Overall Summation Overall Summation Personal Attachment Personal Attachment Strong intense commitment over time Strong intense commitment over time A view of others with an attitude beyond legality, even enemies A view of others with an attitude beyond legality, even enemies

8 Love: Assumption or Reality? The definition of the imago dei The definition of the imago dei Three Commands and a realization Rule, Work, Choose – Need of another – not God! Three Commands and a realization Rule, Work, Choose – Need of another – not God! Abrahams Friendship of God as a paradigm Abrahams Friendship of God as a paradigm Walk before me and be perfect. Walk before me and be perfect. The Meaning of the Covenant – The Meaning of the Covenant – Foundation is Familial Love

9 The Formation of a Kingdom of Priests – a paraphrase of Ex. 19 Brought out to be brought to Yahweh Brought out to be brought to Yahweh To understand their relationship as one of priceless intimacy (seghul) To understand their relationship as one of priceless intimacy (seghul) Called to be absolutely His and thus offering themselves as World-bearing intercessory witnesses (Kingdom of priests) Called to be absolutely His and thus offering themselves as World-bearing intercessory witnesses (Kingdom of priests) Their personal identity is defined by communal holiness (Holy Nation, assembly of Yahweh) Their personal identity is defined by communal holiness (Holy Nation, assembly of Yahweh) Response? Reject it all! Response? Reject it all!

10 Love in Deuteronomy First clear reference to love – Gen 22 First clear reference to love – Gen 22 Deut. is the only book which has any discussion of love (Song of Songs is unique!) Deut. is the only book which has any discussion of love (Song of Songs is unique!) Only place where we find a logical connection between Loving God and Gods Love for us Only place where we find a logical connection between Loving God and Gods Love for us The Covenant is founded on love – and Yahweh is emotional about it. The Covenant is founded on love – and Yahweh is emotional about it.

11 Gods Love for Us Seldom mentioned either of a group or of individuals Seldom mentioned either of a group or of individuals Dt 33:12 "The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety Dt 33:12 "The beloved of the LORD dwells in safety Ps 127:2 he gives to his beloved sleep Ps 127:2 he gives to his beloved sleep Holy Love is the basis of His relation to Israel Holy Love is the basis of His relation to Israel Dt. 7:7-8; 7:13; 10:14; 23:5; Mal 1:2 Dt. 7:7-8; 7:13; 10:14; 23:5; Mal 1:2 There is a tenderness, a radical openness, a vulnerability, at the Heart of the Holy Love of God There is a tenderness, a radical openness, a vulnerability, at the Heart of the Holy Love of God Dt. 7:6-7; Dt 32:16; Jer 12:7-9; Hos 11:7-9 Dt. 7:6-7; Dt 32:16; Jer 12:7-9; Hos 11:7-9

12 The Center of Israels Faith Deuteronomy: a series of sermons (5-26) with an historical introduction (chs. 1-4) Deuteronomy: a series of sermons (5-26) with an historical introduction (chs. 1-4) Yahwehs repeated request – Hear! Yahwehs repeated request – Hear! He wants to share Himself, His Life He wants to share Himself, His Life Hear is the first of six commands Hear is the first of six commands The centering principle often becomes meaningless The centering principle often becomes meaningless

13 How Does Israel Know Yahweh Loves Them? Moses rehearses the Faithful Love of Yahweh: His Actions are selfless – Exodus of Hebrews His Actions are selfless – Exodus of Hebrews His Emotions are Passionate – jealous used as adj. only of Yahweh is Scripture His Emotions are Passionate – jealous used as adj. only of Yahweh is Scripture Relentless, exclusive, doesnt give up what He claims Relentless, exclusive, doesnt give up what He claims Undistracted by the possibility of more attractive lovers Undistracted by the possibility of more attractive lovers He is Faithful in His Character - Law He is Faithful in His Character - Law He is Worthy of Reverence – fear He is Worthy of Reverence – fear His Heart is turned outside Himself His Heart is turned outside Himself

14 What Must Israel Know? The Fundamental Reality 6:4 Central The Fundamental Reality 6:4 Central Yahweh our God – Yahweh One Yahweh our God – Yahweh One Unique phrasing in all of Scripture Unique phrasing in all of Scripture More than an affirmation of Monotheism More than an affirmation of Monotheism The Fundamental Response 6:5 Central The Fundamental Response 6:5 Central Only in Deut.! 12 times Only in Deut.! 12 times

15 The anthropology of love Heart – Defines who I am Heart – Defines who I am Brengle: central, or great driving force of the spiritual man (PofH, 8) Brengle: central, or great driving force of the spiritual man (PofH, 8) Soul (nephesh) – A basic dependence – I am His Soul (nephesh) – A basic dependence – I am His Mind (Mk 12:30; Mt 22:37; Lk 10:27) – Mind (Mk 12:30; Mt 22:37; Lk 10:27) – A fundamental disposition Strength – everythingness Strength – everythingness

16 A Pervasive Psychology of Love Heart: Defines Soul: Depends Mind: Disposition Everythingness

17 Pictorial History of the Love of the Holy One for Israel Friendship(Gen 3:8, 6:9, 17:1 2Chr20:7, Is 41:8) Friendship(Gen 3:8, 6:9, 17:1 2Chr20:7, Is 41:8) Family(Ex 4:22-23, Jn 3:3, Gal 4:6) Family(Ex 4:22-23, Jn 3:3, Gal 4:6) Courtroom(Ex 19-20, Rom 1-5) Courtroom(Ex 19-20, Rom 1-5) Marriage(Hos 1:2, Ezek 16, Jn 2, Lk 14:15-24, Rev 21:24) Marriage(Hos 1:2, Ezek 16, Jn 2, Lk 14:15-24, Rev 21:24) Indwelling(Zech 4:6, Jn 17, Col 1:27) Indwelling(Zech 4:6, Jn 17, Col 1:27) Identity(Gen 12:4,18:17-18, Mt 10:17-40) Identity(Gen 12:4,18:17-18, Mt 10:17-40)

18 Living in the Holy Love of God Living in the Holy Love of God Prepositions of Gods deepening self revelation Above us – Creation Above us – Creation Before us – Abraham Before us – Abraham For us – Moses and Exodus For us – Moses and Exodus Over us – Kings and Exile Over us – Kings and Exile In us – Prophets In us – Prophets As us – Incarnation As us – Incarnation In and through us – Spirit-Filled Life – Holy Love In and through us – Spirit-Filled Life – Holy Love Rigthly Ordered Passions Rigthly Ordered Passions

19 What would this look like? A Disposition of Personal Openness A Disposition of Personal Openness Consistent Vulnerability Consistent Vulnerability A Unique, Original and Genuine Loyalty A Unique, Original and Genuine Loyalty Freedom to Give and Receive and Share Freedom to Give and Receive and Share Offering Safety and Acceptance Offering Safety and Acceptance Engaged in Actions which Please Engaged in Actions which Please A Covenantal Participation in Purpose A Covenantal Participation in Purpose Passionate and Instinctive Enjoyment Passionate and Instinctive Enjoyment

20 The crucial factor is Love Maybe the most important and informative is the recurrence of all Maybe the most important and informative is the recurrence of all Never a contract He desires Never a contract He desires only and always a Covenant Not LegalRelational Not Impersonal Personal Not FunctionalIntimate Not Power-basedInviting Not Servile Familial

21 An Illustration of Love Therese of Lisieux


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