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Know God in a Year #155 Only Open Hearts Receive

Bitterly, the Pharisees, scribes, and teachers follow Jesus in Galilee, intent on finding a reason to kill him. They are terrified of his influence, and try to condemn his teaching.
So he hides his meaning in symbols to prevent grounds for accusation. During these last six months of ministry, he speaks mostly in parables. Some of them are as clear as the father’s love in the story of the prodigal son, some require interpretation.
They get the message, but have nothing to use against him.
Only those whose hearts are tender and open to Ruach can receive truth. That’s what Jesus teaches. The science behind God’s action to redeem earth is a mystery way beyond our ability–even that of our greatest minds. It cannot be explained, but it can be experienced. Human science is too limited to explain Jesus’ mission, especially since for us it begins with accepting our brokenness and need of God.
One day as Jesus is teaching, a lawyer questions, “Master what shall I do to secure eternal life?”
Knowing that the leaders believe he ignores the law, he turns it back to him.
“What has your study taught you? How do you understand the law?” asks Jesus.
“You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, mind, spirit, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself,” he answers.
“Good thinking,” says Jesus, “You’ve answered right, do this and you will live.”
But the lawyer isn’t satisfied. His learning commended, conviction suddenly grabs him…so he asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Unwittingly opening the way for Jesus.
Luke 11:25–28

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