“No, John. The use of Matthew 10:42 in an effort to drill wells for thirsty people is not really out of context. Our Lord is the Master economist of knowledge (1stSamuel 2:3). Even though our own opinions of what He says are limited, His judgments do not exclude our opinionated actions from our similitude service to Him.”
John stares into Roger’s eyes, carefully considering to be sure that his brother’s answer is not a false reflection of John’s own opinion (Matthew 7:3).
“Ha ha ha!” John finally laughs. “In 500 words or less you are going to explain how the Lord tells us in Matthew 10:20-21 that the Spirit of our Father is to rise up our own fathers, brothers and children to kill us…. And in Matthew 10:34-36 Jesus Himself says He has come with a sword to set all fathers and sons, mothers and daughters and in-laws all at variance against one another….Ha ha ha ha!” John laughs louder, “And is 500 words or less you can explain how this context of chaos, mayhem and destruction promised in the whole of Matthew chapter 10 concludes with a sudden off the wall blessing for us to drill water wells in drought bitten peoples of the world?”
“No, of course I can’t.” Roger responds. “I will not be hewed out as a broken cistern that cannot hold water (Jeremiah 2:13). Why would I foster another doctrine among the multitude of ambitious liars who wanted posterity to remember a denomination in their own names (Psalms 49:11-13)?”
“Careful, Roger!” John interrupts. “You are in danger of being delivered up to priests who rely upon those denominations for their livelihood, according to Matthew 10:17”
“Ahhh, to Matthew 10:19 with them!” Roger laughs. “For their own selfishness they are not going to advertise these 500 words. Their names are written in the earth around broken cisterns which cannot hold the Living Water, which is the testimony of the Lord our God (Jeremiah 17:13; Matthew 23:4-5; John 8:8-11). The Lord has always used the social outcasts and rejects to continue His flow of Living Water down the generations of our opinionated nonsense (Matthew 23:29-33; James 2:6-9; John 8:8)….”
“Living Water!” John almost gasps. “ Matthew 10:42 is not talking about H2O. It’s talking about the Living Word, the Living Water which is so ominous that it does not exclude its application to our short sighted opinions.”
“Tell me, John, don’t you think our forefathers were as smart as we are?”
“Yes.” John nods, “And it’s the Living Water which must set our children against our limited opinions.too.”
“For I was an hungered…”, Roger reminds, “..and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in.. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me….”
John reconsiders who is serving who when a well is drilled in a thirsty land, with 500 words.