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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, May 8 2020 01:00AM

God is always on time, but never in a hurry.


The nation who was known as His chosen people had gotten far from Him. Originally, the Jewish system of sacrifice was to show that separation from God caused death. And all the symbols showed that God would come himself to make a rescue.


Satan twisted it in human minds; his whispers suggesting, the animals are taking your place—so God won’t kill you. Satan was once again busy creating religions where “worship” was pleasing angry gods. To the extent of getting humans to sacrifice their children--literally!


Even the Jewish religion, the one God designed, had become so different from what They wanted. If Israel had stayed close to God, They could have made them “the wise and understanding people” in the eyes of all the nations, as Moses described.* That was what They wanted--a nation that would represent Them as They really were.


They did have a few “real” men like Joseph and Daniel who won high positions and the respect of kings. But mostly Israel turned to God through suffering. Finally learning that favor depended on obedience. But they obeyed for the wrong reason—for gifts and protection. They didn’t know God intimately, didn't long to hear Ruach speaking to their hearts.


Only by experiencing God in human form would broken humans be drawn to love Them and choose Them. Only love awakens love. Only in changing our perception of God would we change.


*Deuteronomy 4:6-9 Isaiah 1:2-4, John 1:1-18


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