Two strands of the DNA molecule is zipped open, a copy is made of the code and a message written in letters – A C G T – is sent from the nucleus to the cytoplasm where the ribosomes are. There the message is read by transfer RNA which executes the code to make protein. It collects the specified amino acids and place them in the right order in chains of polarity where they stabilise, then fold them into the right shape to form the most basic building stones of man. 1)
This reality of text carved on our DNA reminds me of God who carved 10 laws on stone to guide his people for good, but they disobeyed and the laws condemned them. They couldn’t stop themselves, desire to sin was and still is written in the building stones of our flesh.
But God made a new covenant with his people by writing on the tablets of their human hearts, giving life: spiritual life namely eternal life. The Spirit takes away the heart’s deadly blindness to see every letter as it really is in true relationship to ultimate reality, to the glory of Christ, and God, and the cross and faith, and God’s revealed purposes in the world. 2) Therefore there is now no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh for sin condemned sin in the flesh that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. (Rom 8:1-4)
Red, that passionate man whose blood pumps red in his veins, who would do anything for you, even engage in toxic toil for you, lose his soul and where a mask for you, his heart is crying to his stones – this is not who I am !
Then You called him out upon the waters
into the great unknown, in oceans deep
and there I found You in the mystery in oceans deep where feet may fail
in deepest waters Your grace abounds,
and I called upon Your name and kept my eyes above the waves.
Your sovereign hand will be my guide and I will call upon Your name, keep my eyes above the waves, when oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace for I am Yours and You are mine.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me. Take me deeper than my feet can ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Saviour. 3)
- John Piper’s sermon – Every letter kills, including Shakespeare, July 19, 2020.
- Paraphrased lyrics of Oceans by Hillsong, Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm