Reflections from a grandfather listening to the Sermon on the Mount
. . . It was hard to listen to this young Rabbi. He was challenging me in areas I did not want to be challenged.Read More
The world has its own proverb: Nice guys finish last.
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen mean-spirited and/or deceptive people make it to the top. We’ve all seen nice guys (or gals) finishing last. That’s where the proverb came from.
We want Solomon’s proverbs to be true—that meanness gets you nowhere (v 18) and that all crooks (or “bad people”) are punished (v. 21).Read More judging, reward
Having captured Zion, David resolved to make it God’s city, and to establish there the chest containing the holy things that the Philistines had captured. He recognized the ark as a symbol of God’s throne, and bringing it to Jerusalem was a sign that he recognized God as the real king of the Israelites. The death of Uzzah seems strange to us, but David had failed to obey the stipulations for moving the holy things (Numbers 4:4–6, 15, 17–20). God took these actions of David with the utmost seriousness.Read More judging, perspective, appearances
The Pharisees think that they have Jesus in a Catch 22 situation. If Jesus fails to have the woman caught in adultery stoned he will be disobeying the law, but if he does have her stoned his message of love will be compromised in the eyes of the people. They’re sure they have him. But Jesus does something that turns the tables.Read More compassion, judging, hypocrisy