Matthew 12

Jesus is chillaxing with his disciples in a field and they began to pick grain because they were hungry. The Pharisees saw it and called them out, because it happened to be the Sabbath. A day of rest. I believe in the Sabbath. I believe you should take one day, atleast, a week and just focus on God and the things you love. rest. Be quiet. Listen. Watch and so on. But back in the day you couldn’t do much of anything on the Sabbath. SO Jesus calls the Pharisees out and hands them this scripture from the prophet Hosea, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”. A short sentence with huge meaning. The scripture says it all. God desires mercy over sacrifice. He wants us to love and forgive and keep loving no matter what instead of filling up offerings with ten percent of our income. He wants us to love the sick and marginalized instead of serving on consistory boards and attending countless meetings all of the time. (I do know consistory boards are important, I’m just saying a little prioritizing may be in order)

Jesus goes on  making the Pharisees really angry. He actually heals a man in quite a sneaky way which I find rather neat. Jesus was always on top of his game. The Pharisees are so angry they start to plot to kill Jesus, so he decides it’s time to move on. Matthew then tells us how all that we have witnessed was for told by the prophet Isaiah. The last sentence Matthew recites from Isaiah says, “All the world will find hope in his name”. I love that . All the world will find hope in his name. ALL, WORLD, HOPE. Awesome.

One more point. I find it very interesting that Jeus spent a lot of what I call his “angry” time directed at the religious leaders of the day. Religion is such a nasty word. And I find it disheartening that we have turned Christianity into a religion. I wonder how God feels about some of the “religious” leaders of today?

 

Shalom..

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2 Comments

  1. Great post, P.D. I always wondered the same question about what God thinks about some of the so called “Christian Leaders” in today’s world. Not all of them are bad, but there are some that reach that corruption borderline and even step over it at times. Thanks again for the postings of Matthew. I’m enjoying your insights into each chapter.

  2. Thanks bro!


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