Juxtaposition (noun): an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
The Bible is filled with juxtaposition: the sovereignty of God and man’s will, Jesus’ deity and humanity, man’s labor and God’s work, grace and truth, Mary and Martha, the prodigal son and his older brother, to name a few. Sometimes we approach these contrasting tensions as a dichotomy such that the two things are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. When viewed as a dichotomy, we may tend to choose one and neglect the other. What if the Bible provides juxtaposition for us to learn the benefit of “both and” rather than “either or”? When we carelessly create a false dichotomy, when God did not intend to create a dichotomy, we choose “either or” and lose the benefits of “both and.” Let’s discover what’s so great about “both and” together.