For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.
An old phrase comes to mind when I read this verse; do as I say, not as I do. Of course I wanted to find out where that phrase originated.
I discovered it was first coined by an English jurist named John Selden in a book he wrote in 1654. The book was published posthumously, 35 years after it was written. It’s title, “The Table-Talk of John Selden”. Continue reading
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Chapter 5 of the Gospel of John begins with Jesus visiting the Pool of Bethesda.
Bethesda has two meanings. “Beth” in Hebrew and Aramaic means “house of mercy” or “house of grace”. “Hesda” means “shame, disgrace”. “Shame, disgrace” came from all the invalids at the pool and “grace, mercy” came from the perceived healing powers of the waters in the pool. Continue reading
Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
This verse is spoken by Jesus, after the Pharisees and the Scribes attempted to lure him into saying something against the Roman rulers. They wanted to get a comment from Jesus to use against him and have him arrested.
Politics hasn’t changed one bit in the last 2000 years.
But Christ’s answer did not give them the ammo they thought they were going to get. Continue reading
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
In Matthew, Chapter 15, the Pharisees and Scribes had come to Jesus to ask him why his disciples break the traditions of the elders by not washing their hands before they eat. Christs asks the Pharisees and Scribes why do you break the commandments of God for the sake of your traditions. Jesus sites the prophesy of Isaiah 29:13:
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
I thought I would write some more about the Gospel of Luke.
Luke is becoming my favorite book of the New Testament and one of my favorites of the whole Bible.
I have written how God is talking to us and showing us things everyday but we fail to see them because we are caught up in our daily activities and ourselves.
This is what Christ is saying to the Pharisees, the leaders of the temple, the ones who are to be in tune with God. Here in your midst stands the Son of God and you are caught up in yourself, your power, your prestige and earthly matters. The very presence of God, unbeknownst to you, is causing you great fear and anxiety, so much so that you are seeking to rid yourself of this presence.
I think Christ is not only speaking to the Pharisees but to us. Continue reading