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I had the joy of preaching at chapel this past week. You can watch/listen here:
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Friday, September 29, 2017
I've been studying part of Deuteronomy 28 this week, and it strikes me how similar yet different these two passages are. Deuteronomy 28 basically says "If you obey all these commandments, everything you do and everything you have will prosper and be blessed"; while Matthew 5 is so counter-cultural (and by that I mean counter to the Jewish culture). Jesus didn't say everything you had or did would prosper. He said blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted, the insulted.
Where do you fit in that list today? Are there people who are in that list that you don't like, that you don't want to see blessed? Are there qualities listed there that you need to work on today?
Jesus, help me to see where I am lacking today in character. Form me, Lord Jesus, into your likeness. Amen.
Jesus has just invited disciples to follow him, in spite of cultural norms. He and his new disciples are taking huge risks. Now Jesus travels around and preaches and heals; and people from all over everywhere are coming to hear him.
When He saw the crowds....
It's hard for me to read this and not feel disappointed. I have dear friends who are sick, who are hurting in their bodies or their souls or both. I have joined with hundreds, maybe thousands, to pray for miraculous healing for one suffering saint that did not receive it on this earth. Why those but not this one? It feels sometimes like Jesus doesn't see the crowds who need him right here, right now.
What do you need Jesus to see today?
Jesus, I kneel before you today broken and waiting. I trust you. I know you. But today I am asking for you to see and act. For all those who are suffering, perform miracles; if not by your Spirit and power alone, then through your people. Cause us to move in generosity, courage and compassion to bring your healing to the hurting. Show us how. Miraculously move your Church to act. For your sake I pray.
Friday, September 22, 2017
At this point, Jesus has already faced enormous temptation and started preaching a radical message. He walks past fishermen, who actually made a decent living with that vocation*, and invites them to follow him. They very likely had heard his message preached, and knew he was not just a random passerby. His message carried weight. But his invitation was more powerful than usual because most Jewish Rabbi's did not invite disciples to follow them. Rabbi's were followed by the disciples own choice*.
The Rabbi invited Peter and Andrew to follow him. They left their nets IMMEDIATELY.
Then Jesus calls the sons of Zebedee who then also IMMEDIATELY left their father and everything behind. This would have been recognized in both Jewish and Greek culture as a sign of radical discipleship, and it could have led to dishonor for James and John as they abandoned their family to follow Jesus.
Read the passage again.
What does this passage tell you about the kind of man Jesus is?
What kind of disciples were these fishermen?
What kind of promise or calling is it to be a "fisher of men"?
What could Jesus be inviting you to do today? What might he be inviting you to leave behind?
Jesus, I think today you are inviting me to leave behind worry, anxiety, and fear. I think you are inviting me to choose gratitude and to look for gifts of beauty and hope in the every day things that can feel so meaningless. Help me to relinquish my desire to be in control and instead leave behind what is comfortable to embark instead with you on a people-focused mission. My life is yours. Amen.
*IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, (IVPress:1993) p. 55
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
A prophet is quoted again! This time the passage chosen from the prophets shows the focus of Jesus' ministry: light to the Gentiles. The heart of Jesus' message? - Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near! These were very strong words from a new King in an occupied nation. Israel was not exactly in charge of it's own affairs. They constantly had another nation looking over their shoulder and bossing them around. For Jesus to declare that a kingdom is coming....let's just say it probably wasn't the safest thing to preach.
How do you think the very nationalistic, proud Jews felt about the prophecy that Matthew brings up? If Israel is God's chosen people, then the Gentiles are clearly not the chosen people. Why would the Messiah come to include them?
Lord, shine the light of your love and truth on the dark places of my life where I refuse to see people as you see them. I surrender my will and weak flesh to your sovereign authority as the true King.
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