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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, Feb 24 2021 02:00AM

It is past midnight as the mob and priests lead Jesus from the garden, past olive groves and into the city to Annas' house, who is head of the priests. Because of age he is recognized as high priest, though Caiaphas holds the office. People hear him as if he speaks for God.


He doesn't trust the inexperienced Caiaphas with this presiding. He knows it will be difficult to find anything against Jesus that the Romans will regard as criminal, yet he must get a death sentence. The Jews have no power to execute unless the Roman governor agrees.


Everything is rushed. By their law, it's illegal to convene a hearing at night, with a partial body of the Sanhedrin. (Certain members haven't been called.) But if they don't act quickly, they will have to wait a week because of Passover. By then the populace will be aroused because of his mercy to them, and very likely a rescue would be attempted.


Annas hopes to get Jesus to declare his kingdom, which the priest will represent as a secret society, charging him with sedition and blasphemy.


But Jesus sees through him, and contrasting their methods, says, "I've done nothing in secret. Daily I taught in the temple and synagogues, ask those who heard me."


Annas doesn't know what to say.


A temple officer, angry that the priest has been silenced, strikes Jesus in the face.


We would react, but Jesus, self-possessed, responds firmly and calmly, "If I spoke evil, show it to me; if not, why do you strike me?"



Matthew 26:57, Mark 14:53, Luke 22:54, John 18:12-14, 19-22

By Arla, Jan 21 2021 02:00AM

Now Jesus turns to the people gathered around him and says, "The Scribes and Pharisees teach you what God gave to Moses, so listen; but don't follow them--they are phonies--blind guides! They bind heavy burdens on you, but they themselves claim exemption, not lifting a finger to what they require of you. Everything they do is to look good, loving honors and being called 'Teacher.' But only Messiah is your teacher."


He flat out states that their leaders keep people from knowing or understanding God by their example, "You shut the door of heaven in men's faces, actually keeping them from Elohim! Yet you go great distances to make one convert, turning him into twice the son of hell that you are!"


He speaks plainly now. Their literal translations of scripture he calls perversion. He exposes their ignorance in wearing "phylacteries"--strips of parchment with the law written on them--tying them around their heads and wrists for show--when Moses was talking about meditating on the words until they become part of you and transform your life.*


"Call no man, 'Master' but the Messiah, and no one 'Father' but God," he ends. One more time he has emphasized that no man should control your beliefs, conscience, or your faith. Your relationship with God is a matter to be worked out between you and Elohim experientially. Give no man the place or authority that belongs to God alone.



Matthew 23, Mark 12:38-40, Luke 20:45-47 *Deuteronomy 6:8



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