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Know God in a Year #191 Religion Gone Bad

01/26/2020

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 do what they require of you. Everything they […]

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

01/23/2020

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

01/22/2020

The Pharisees aren’t giving up. They believe Jesus is unbalanced, emphasizing the last six commandments, and disregarding the first four. They keep urging a noted lawyer to question Jesus. Cautiously, he finally agrees to go with them. They arrive just in time to hear the discussion Jesus is having with the Sadducees. The lawyer is […]

Know God in a Year #187 Never Be Disappointed

01/20/2020

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

01/19/2020

Jesus has the Pharisees’ attention, and knowing his death is a few days away, he speaks boldly, trying with everything in him 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

01/16/2020

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 […]

Know God in a Year #184 True Worship is Restored

01/15/2020

A crowd all but runs from the temple, meeting others who are looking for Jesus. Hearing the exiter’s accounts, some turn back afraid, but others press on to see the one they’ve come to as their last hope. Many had stayed in the temple also, hearts thrilling at the power of his majesty, so seldom […]

Know God in a Year #180 Weeping for What Might Have Been

01/09/2020

(continued) As the joyful procession from Bethany reaches the crest of Mount Olivet, about to descend into Jerusalem, Jesus stops. Breathtaking is the temple in the golden afternoon sun, white marble glistening like snow, gold-topped pillars glittering–a sight inspiring pride in the people, elevating their spirits more, and yet Jesus is bent over on the colt, […]

Know God in a Year #177 Criticism and Condemnation

01/06/2020

Jesus knows Judas. He knows his need for approval, and that any confrontation would slam shut the door to his heart. This is the strongest he has spoken to him and it is directed to them all. But Judas chooses to take offense and to ferment wounded pride into wanting revenge. After dinner, he goes […]

Know God in a Year #176 A Defense of Love

01/05/2020

(Continued from Friday) Judas begins audibly whispering to the others, “What a waste!  All that money could have been given to the poor!” He’s the money-keeper of the disciples and often dips into their funds for his own use. But he is crafty, and to cover himself, he often remarks on what he terms “wasteful […]