The prevailing conditions of our world today are the source of much fear, anxiety, disillusionment, frustration, insecurity, and depression. The political leaders, social architects, economic gurus, scientific wizards, educational professionals, and philosophical geniuses seem to be bankrupt of ideas to respond to the global challenges. The 21st century seems to have led our planet on a course toward self-destruction like a galactic space ship without a compass.
It seems like all our technological, scientific, and social advancements have not been able to solve our human problems. The reality is that today there are more wars and conflicts than in any other time in history. We have invented everything, except a way to solve the disease in the human heart. The result continues to be political corruption, economic insecurity, racial strife, ethnic cleansing, escalating violent crimes, drug wars, the proliferation of gangs, and religious wars. What is the answer to the global dilemma?
The answer to our future is in an ancient language, a language that invaded earth at the beginning of creation. We need a revival of the language of love, grace and mercy.
Don Milam's The Ancient Language of Eden, in his very simple yet profound way presents a fresh look at a subject that the 21st century world is dying to receive. In this work, Don leaps over complicated theological jargon and presents the fundamental precepts of the missing ingredients for our world today. The overworked concept of love is once again placed back into its divine context so that we can speak the language of God again.
His treatment of the "grace factor," is superb and will drive you back to the heart of God for more. His exploration of the concept of "mercy" is a missing component that even the church needs to rediscover.
This book is destined to be a classic and should be read and in the library of every individual who desires to find answers to the many challenges of our postmodern world. I highly congratulate Don on another masterpiece and see it as a timeless contribution to this and future generations.
Dr. Myles Munroe, BFM International, Nassau, Bahamas
THE OUTRAGE OF GRACE
By Don Milam
In Matthew’s Gospel account, Mary’s pregnancy is described as happening “before
they lived together.” What an embarrassing statement for an upright man like Joseph!
This scandalous situation immediately threw Joseph into a moral conundrum, an
unsolvable circumstance. What would he do?
Beginning in the womb of Mary, Jesus would continue to force men to make
choices between the restrictions of legalism and the embrace of love. Will you be content
with a spirituality that is derived from your human effort, or will you release yourself into
the arms of a loving God? In Jesus, the Father’s love was extending itself, offering a
relationship founded on the benevolence of love, not the stringency of the law.
Tearing Down the Fences of Legalism
The Pharisees had constructed more than 600 laws to “fence in” the righteous, and
would probably have added more if they could have come up with them. Now this
religious fence, or should we say palisade, was under direct assault by the man of grace.
Nothing Jesus did made any sense to these religious leaders who defined everything by
the Law of Moses. He had certainly upset the apple cart of their whole treasured religious
system. They took it personally and wanted nothing more than to be rid of this
troublemaker. They had lived under a schoolmaster of laws, precepts, and rules their
whole lives and believed that chaos would reign on earth if this fence were removed.
Law and Grace and the Moral Majority
The Pharisees were quite happy that they were not like other men. They truly
believed they were above reproach. They scrupulously kept the letter of the law,
seemingly unaware there was a spirit of the law. If God was pleased with anyone, they
knew it had to be them. After all, they were religiously addicted to every jot and tittle of
the law. How satisfying to be able to look down from their pinnacle of perfection upon
those poor pitiful lesser beings! How they loved the deference paid them. When walking
down a crowded street, people quickly moved out of their way. Entering a restaurant for
refreshment, the owner always fawned over them giving them the best table in the house.
Basking in the sunlight of the veneration of men, they lived out their sad, circumspect
lives in the dark shadows of legalism. "For they love to stand and pray in the
synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men" (Matt. 6:5).