185 required for a win. Pink-attired Rajasthan Royals’ chase was in pink of health when they were 105/1 after 12 overs. Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson were batting well. That’s when Kings XI Punjab captain Ashwin came to bowl his last over. Upon finding Butler backing up too far, he whipped the bails before releasing the ball. Buttler was furious. But he had to leave the crease. He was out. He was gone. And thereafter, the Royals collapsed in their chase. Kings XI eventually scored a 14 run win, their first over Royals in Jaipur.

Espncricinfo reports: “Buttler was looking in control of the chase of 185 at that time, having scored 69 off 43. His wicket, though, triggered a collapse as hosts Rajasthan Royals lost seven wickets for 16 runs to lose by 14 runs. Every wicket brought about loud boos from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium crowd.”

“At the end of the match, Buttler shook Ashwin’s hand, but refused to look his way. Just behind Buttler, Uption seemed to have said something to Ashwin while shaking his hand, which made Ashwin stop in his tracks and give them a bemused look.”

Though I am not able to say for sure that Ashwin did not play the game in the spirit of the game in this match, I am reminded of a Bible story where the moral is: obey the law of God not just in letter but in the spirit of the same. Leviticus 23:22 the Bible has a law that was geared to help the poor of the land. That law goes this way: “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the LORD your God.” Duet. 24:19 also repeats that law. Ruth 2:15-16 talks about how Boaz followed this law – he did so, not just in letter but in the spirit. This is what the Bible says: “When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.” I love the phrase, ‘pull out some from bundles’. The law of God did not talk about ‘pulling out from the bundles’, but nevertheless, Boaz wanted that to be done. He was not asking, “What is the bare minimum I should do to keep the law”? Instead, he was following the law in the spirit, wholeheartedly. Would you do the same? Don’t ask, “What is the bare minimum I need to do to scrape through to heaven? Can I watch this show and still go to heaven?” The question itself is wrong. Obey God’s law in the spirit of the law. Do it wholeheartedly!

By dukewords

Duke Jeyaraj was born to missionary parents in Vellore, South India and was saved at the age of 11 and committed for ministry and received the Holy Spirit Baptism at the age of 13. God opened the door for him to preach first as a school boy at the age of 16. He is a trained Agricultural Engineer [B. Tech from SHIATS, Allahabad, India], who did not pursue a career in the line of his education but nevertheless enjoys growing cacti in the balcony of his rented Chennai flat, during his spare time! He could have been a sports commentator but prefers to wrap Bible Truth around sports magic moments and other interesting-to-Google Genners contemporary events. God’s call upon him made him utterly restless and he obeyed that call to by founding the Grabbing the Google Generation from Gehenna Mission (G4 Mission) in 2006 to finally find serenity after having served as a International Bank Customer Service Executive/Youth Pastor/Bible College Teacher/Missionary/Youth Mag Editor. G4 Mission is not a church but an inter-denominational ministry to present-day people, a ministry which Duke works full time for, as an itinerant presenter/preacher/writer-at-residence since 2008 along with his wife, putting to use the formal theological training he received from Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore-India [M. Div - a Gold Medal performance in 2001 & Doctor of Ministry - with project on Making Disciples of Modern Young Working Professionals Among India's Google Generation, World-wide]. Several Christian publications have carried Duke's articles over the years and at present Aim Magazine (the voice of  the Evangelical Fellowship of India an umbrella body of over 65,000 Indian churches/organisations), regularly carries Duke's writings. Duke's Bible-teaching book on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn and more called, Straight Talk, is presently available on Amazon and Google Books.  Duke has preached by invitation beyond his national borders (we are talking about nations such as Bangladesh, Singapore, Germany, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates). Duke is called a 'Reverend' by a leading denomination (even as his ministry remains indepedent and inter-church).  Duke is called ‘dad’ by Dale (now a St. Stephen's Delhi student) and Datasha (now in Class 9) and ‘hubby’ by Evangelin (the daughter of a missionary couple to Odisha who is a hospital admin grad currently studying M. A. in Biblical Studies with SAIACS Bangalore) and calls Chennai, India, his current home after living in Hyderabad till June 2021. In case your curiosity is triggered by hearing all this, you may checkout [if you are the reading plain text type], [if you are part of the audio-listening tribe] and [if you group yourself with the video-steaming generation])

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