Posts tagged ‘Jew’

Wonderous Wednesay Devotional- Pushing Past External/Superficial Labels

” The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, East versus West… But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.” ~ Billy Graham

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Peeking behind GOD’s veil has been a fascination of mine for the last 12 years of my life!

I don’t know, perhaps/ maybe that is why HE called me to share HIS Word with others!

As an inspiring teacher what I have found is that God is the best teacher I know! He never ceases to use a moment or one life experience as a means of revealing more about HIMSELF us and HIS awesome plans for us separately and collectively.

I have a question for you ( my friends) today.

What if you were viewed as being of a lesser status by some faction in society; would you have the nerve the guts to go to said establishment without malice or anger in your heart and still petition for what your needs?

Mark 7:24-30 New Living Translation Second Edition

24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret.25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit,26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia,27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews.  It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

This passage above has caused many to take offense by mentioning of the word dog as it pertains to people and the eating of scraps from under a table.

But this morning GOD gave me a lovely illustration of how food scraps in the hands of proficient homemaker can become her family’s next meal.Scraps are not the same as trash and can be skillfully woven together to make an eye please delicious meal!

And the mention of the word ‘dog’ refers to a spiritually unclean condition and at that time in history the oracles of GOD had not been shared with the rest of the world (gentiles) and were exclusive to the seed of Abraham or what is more commonly known as the Jews.

And it’s true, one would feed the family members first before feeding the family pet any of the left over scraps. Jesus was born Jewish and therefore the Jewish people represented family in terms of heritage purely on a physical plane of life.

Jesus Christ is able to do away with the strict adherence to so many outer ordinances in favor of a deeper revelation of their inner meaning because HE is the perfect fulfillment of all that the Law entailed!

And we as gentiles ( non Jewish by birth) are no longer seen as “unclean” spiritually when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Mark 7:17-23 New Living Translation Second Edition

17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used.18 “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you?19 Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)
20 And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

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Tear Down This Temple

I greet you in the name of theMost High God!

Let’s pray!

Father,

Fill me afresh with Your Spirit this day. I let go of all else and open my life to all of You. Enable me to resist the temptations of the flesh that would cause me to stray from the path You have for me. I don’t ever want to minimize all that You want to do in my life. Help me to be ever mindful of Your presence in me, and may I always hear Your clear leading. I want to show my love for You by embracing You with my worship and touching You with my praise. Teach me all I need to know about how to keep my place of worship clean from wordly distractions and how to give myself to You in ways that are pleasing in Your sight.

In the name of Jesus we pray. And let every heart say, Amen!

Sweet friends, I’ve missed posting to this blog but I have not been idle in serving, praising and worshiping my God.

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Our  text for this bible study comes from the book of John.

John 2: 13-17 NLT

13 It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”
17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

 

 

In this text we are given a peek into the Father’s heart.

I don’t know about you but I don’t just express anger or irritation over any old thing. It’s only the people, places and situations that matter most to me that are able to get under my skin.

The Temple was first constructed by King Solomon in 1 Kings Chapter 6 and then rebuilt later by King Herod.

The Temple was to be a home for the presence of  The Living God.

Remember the Lord’s presence residing in a portable “Tabernacle” in the desert with the children of Israel?

The offerings for  The Lord’s Tabernacle begin in Exodus 25.

In order to try and understand ‘why’ Jesus would have such an out-burst regarding the spiritual environment in The Temple allow me to pose a few questions.

How would you feel if I acted in such a way that disrespected your living environment or placed things in your home that did not properly represent who you are?

Being a believer in Jesus Christ what if I placed a picture of a Hindu Yogi on your wall and wanted to open your home to teach mystical yoga techniques?

What are some of the feelings that may arise in you , if I were to bring those type activities and atmosphere into your home or your church?

Disgust, hurt and anger are very possible emotions that may surface. And a feelings of being disrespected too!

Remember, Jesus was humanity and divinity all wrapped up inside one package.

Jesus so represented The Father, that their Will was the same, their hearts were sold on the same points and value structure.

The money changers were there to convert currency from one type to another. And the many vendors there in The Temple were brought there as a convenience so that one that might need or desire to make a ‘sacrifice’ would have what they needed at their finger-tips.

It’s kind of like having a talking ATM inside the “church”! speaking to us of the importance of paying our tithes and offerings and all the while printing off information of different types of currency and how to convert them into the dollar! On the surface some might think ‘Oh how convenient for me to with-draw funds for my tithes and offerings right inside the church”!

But all too soon this ‘gesture’ of convenience  would most likely become a distraction from the true focal point of gathering at the Church.

Jesus states ” My Father’s house is a house of prayer not a market-place”!

God’s house meant to honor Him and give Him a permanent place to dwell among His people. It was to be a place where the people could since His presence, hear His voice and send up their prayers. In short it was meant as a place of pure worship of  Him. And this point  was being sorely missed by the money changer and commerce going on inside The Temple.

Jesus acted on the authority that His heavenly Father had given Him to make His this point and ‘clean house’ in The Temple that day.

In order to be prepared to worship God  we need to leave everything but our love and thoughts of Him outside of the Sanctuary!

When our praises ( an act of worship) go up, then blessings come down!

Being able to worship Him and to know Him is the greatest of all blessings and the rest is an out-pouring of His Spirit.

 

 

 

  1. How do you feel after a much-needed bath or shower?
  2. Why do we put off necessary cleaning (such as the bedroom, car, or garage)?
  3. With whom did Jesus go to Capernaum? (2:12)
  4. What time was it when Jesus went to Jerusalem? (2:13)
  5. *What did Jesus find in the temple courts? (2:14)
  6. What did Jesus do in the temple courts? (2:15)
  7. *How did Jesus respond to those who were selling doves? (2:16)
  8. What did Jesus’ disciples remember? (2:17)

 

Life Application

 

How has Jesus cleansed our lives?

What does Jesus still need to clear out of our lives?

What will you ask Jesus to clear out of your life this week?

 

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