The vines have been growing, many inches a day…
Brakeman, welded together from old brakes, a symbol of Adam putting the brakes on God’s love among us, has hidden himself amidst the greenery of the garden (see Genesis 3:8). But then Adam converted to the Lord. What should Adam be like after reappearing? How indignant should he be when finally he is with the Lord and he sees others who with real corruption are not? Should he hate them? “Equally hateful for God are the sinner and his sin” (Wisdom 14:9). Yep.
We hate the sinner in his sin enough to want to bring him out of sin and so become totally lovable in the Lord. This is what it means that God loved us while we were yet sinners, as we read in John. The ferocity is such that we often hear some verses but not others of the Scriptures. Read this through and be made intense in the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, the Fire of God’s love for us (warning: oft ignored verses included):
LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, LORD, you know it all. Behind and before you encircle me and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is beyond me, far too lofty for me to reach. Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too. If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea, Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast. If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night shall be my light” — Darkness is not dark for you, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are but one. You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands; to finish, I would need eternity. If only you would destroy the wicked, O God, and the bloodthirsty would depart from me! Deceitfully they invoke your name; your foes swear faithless oaths. Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you? Those who rise against you, do I not loathe? With fierce hatred I hate them, enemies I count as my own. Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns. See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths. (Psalm 139:1-24 nab)
Could this not be Jesus speaking? Shocking? Think about it. Pray about it. Be fierce. Be loving. Let Jesus’ love be manifest in you.