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Know God in a Year #194 Wise Men from the West

01/18/2018

As Jesus is leaving the temple, some Greeks approach Philip in the outer court saying, “We want to see Jesus.” Philip tells Andrew and they go to Jesus. Jesus receives the message, and his face lights up, “Now is Messiah glorified,” he says. To him it is God’s sign of promised results from the sacrifice […]

Know God in a Year #193 Religion as a Curse

01/17/2018

Jesus, revived by the widow’s heart, continues his warnings against the Pharisees. But even as he speaks harsh words, “You Poisonous snakes!” there are tears in his voice. “Blind guides!” He denounces their pretense of making some sins worse than others, and for money ignoring the worst. Similarly, he condemns taking oaths with degrees of […]

Know God in a Year #192 Tiny Gift Affirmed

01/16/2018

Jesus continues to expose the phony leaders. “You guilt widows into giving to God, and then use it on yourselves.” As he denounces the hypocrisy and greed of the leaders, he is sitting in the temple court where treasure chests were placed for people to bring their offerings. He notices a widow trying to approach […]

Know God in a Year #191 Religion Gone Bad

01/15/2018

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 […]

Know God in a Year #190 Breaking Chains of Blind Faith

01/14/2018

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 […]

Know God in a Year #189 One Step of Love

01/11/2018

The Pharisees aren’t giving up. They believe Jesus emphasizes the last six commandments, disregarding the first four. They urge a noted lawyer to question Jesus. Warily, he finally agrees to go with them. They arrive just in time to hear the discussion Jesus is having with the Sadducees. He is impressed with what he hears […]

Know God in a Year #188 “Your Problem Is…”

01/10/2018

While the Pharisees are legalistic and concerned with controlling all things external and behavioral, the Sadducees are intellectuals and all about science. Forerunners of the first Deists and materialists, they believe God isn’t involved or interested in humanity. Having no use for miracles, they don’t believe in resurrection either, thinking God would need to reconstitute […]

Know God in a Year #187 King Solomon’s Cornerstone

01/09/2018

When King Solomon’s temple was being built, the stones were prepared for building at the quarry. No tools were to be heard on site. The stones were brought and fit seamlessly together in their places. One unusually large stone was brought to the site that didn’t seem to fit anywhere. It became  annoying to the […]

Know God in a Year #186 Cracking Stone Hearts

01/08/2018

Jesus has the Pharisees’ attention, and knowing his death is a few days away, he speaks boldly, trying with everything he has to open the eyes and hearts of the leaders of his nation. This is for them. A few Pharisees were baptized by John, but for the most part, the leaders rejected that he […]

Know God in a Year #185 Letting Go

01/07/2018

Tuesday morning, after spending the night on Olivet again, Jesus and the disciples walk to the temple passing through the orchard and see the withered fig tree. Amazed, they comment, and Jesus gets to explain his “strange act.” Giving up on the Jews, accepting their rejection, is extremely hard for him whose nature is to bless and […]