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We hope this becomes a dependency. Strange thing for a therapist to say. But we are dependent on God for life and peace and joy. Spending time with Him every day (imagining these vignettes) will enhance your life and growth as nothing else can.

 

Misinformation about God is rampant out there today. This is good stuff--agreeing with the best interpretation you can put on Scripture.

 

  Below, Love's Playbook, Arla's new series, is the first interpretive version of the Bible -- it's God's love story like you've never read it--written to keep you reading! (Images are Amazon linked )

 

By Arla, Oct 14 2020 01:00AM

It is the third Passover since Jesus began his ministry. The Pharisees and scribes have carefully thought out a trap for him.


Knowing this, Jesus avoids them, but they seek him out asking, "Why don't your disciples observe the traditions of the elders?"


Necessary background is the traditions, added to the law to "help" people observe it, have become more honored than the actual law itself. If the two are in question, tradition is considered more sacred.


In front of all the people, their trusted teachers ask Jesus, "Why don't your disciples wash before eating?" Can you hear the crowd gasping?


Ceremonial purification and hand-washing are strenuously enforced to the point of absurdity--considering it righteous to destroy those who ignore it! There are so many rules about washing and purification that you can barely learn them in a lifetime! Their practice of religion is an endless struggle against defilement.


All ears are tuned to his answer. This has been the burden of their lives: cleansing--getting it right.


This is always Satan's resistance to relationship with God. Get them so focused on trifling distinctions, not required by God, that they miss the main points of His law--love, fairness, and mercy. Focus them on themselves. Fill them with disputing some minor point so they miss the living reality of God's law right in front of them--Jesus.


"You reject the law of God instructing you to honor father and mother by teaching people to observe "Corban"-- tradition!" Jesus doesn't even dignify their question by addressing it, but cuts straight to exposing their hypocrisy.


(continued tomorrow)


Matthew 15:1-3, Mark 7:1-6



By Arla, Jan 24 2020 02:00AM

After the Sadducees and the Pharisees make their last attempts to trap Jesus, he turns to them with a question.


"Whose son is the Messiah?"


A chorus of voices answer with them, "The Son of David!" It's a well-known title of the Messiah in prophecy.


Jesus asks, "Then why does David call him 'Lord' under the inspiration of God's Spirit?" And he quotes, " 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.' If David calls him Lord, how can he be his son?"


Jesus is trying to find out if they see the Messiah as the Son of God or merely man--the son of David.


They are baffled again and don't know what to say.


The people watch closely. The difference between the simple, clear teaching of Jesus coming from an atmosphere of pure love, his total sincerity and integrity, contrasts sharply with the haughty pretention of gorgeously robed priests in glittering headdress--priests who make a show of "faith" by writing scripture on parchment, then tying it around their heads and wrists.


The people don't understand why their leaders don't believe in Jesus when his teaching is so plain. They watch eagerly, not knowing what to think. They are enslaved by blind faith in a corrupt priesthood.


These chains Jesus still needs to break. One more difficult task remains before he dies: he must plainly expose the character of their religious leaders and free them from religious oppression.


Matthew 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44





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