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Righteousness, human revealed by omphalskepsis

By Pastor Mark

Ever hear the word “omphaloskepsis”? It means to “navel gaze,” to contemplate.

I was doing some literal omphaloskepsis the other day, at a painting of Adam and Eve. However, I should not have been, as Adam and Eve supposedly did not have belly buttons. Scripture teaches they were created by specific acts of God, not the normal gestational process. Therefore, they should have been “navel-less” as they were never attached to an umbilical cord.

The painter obviously did not realize this when he included an umbilicus on each figure.

Jesus had a navel because He was born by Mary, His mother. Some may think this observation frivolous, but it verifies the important fact that Jesus was human. If He was not human, He could not have been the perfect sacrifice for mankind. It was humanity that was guilty of sin. The removal of this guilt would require a human to die on our behalf.

But not just any human; it would need to be a person guiltless of sin, otherwise the death suffered would have been payment for their own guilt, and could not benefit the rest of us.

Jesus was that unique sacrifice. He was completely human and divine, tempted in every way, yet He never sinned. Therefore, He could die for us.

As the Scriptures teach, “For He (God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.

This should give us all something to omphaloskepsis.