The invitation to obtain wisdom is for everyone regardless of their aptitude, skills, knowledge, or position. Wisdom is like a woman who has prepared a feast, and invites everyone who is ignorant or foolish. No one is left out. Everything that God offers is available to us all and his offer is a recurring theme in the bible. Wisdom is not a simply a collection of wise sayings and actions. It stands on a support structure, pillars, on which the wise build their lives.Read More
How can someone who works so hard at his scholarship, studying the Word of God, become a blind guide? I don’t know about you, but that’s a terrifying thought for someone in leadership. Recall the stern admonition from James 3:1 that teachers will be judged more strictly. Jesus adds in Luke 11:52, “You teachers of the Law of Moses are really in for trouble! You carry the keys to the door of knowledge about God. But you never go in, and you keep others from going in.”Read More blindness, learner, humility, leadership
The disciples are often amazed at Jesus, both by the wow factor of his miracles as well as his tendency to challenge the establishment and cultural norms. But what amazes Jesus? It’s always faith – faith that shows up in unexpected places (Matthew 8:10) or faith absent when it should be expected (Mark 6:6). So what is it about this Canaanite woman that causes him to cry out, “Dear woman, you really do have a lot of faith!”?Read More grace, salvation, faith
As you read about the feeding of the 4,000, put yourself in the scene. Do you think the men and women, sitting in groups of 50, knew where their bread was coming from? Now put yourself in the disciples’ shoes. What was it like for Jesus’ inner circle to witness the astounding miracle of the expanding bread?
As usual, Jesus has a bigger agenda than feeding the hungry masses.Read More faith, offering, multiplying
Missing the Point
How can those who spend the most time in the Scriptures or with Jesus miss God’s point altogether? Take the disciples, for instance. Jesus is giving them another lesson about yeast and bread and, not understanding him, they immediately jump to the conclusion that he must be talking in some oblique way about the bread they had forgotten to take with them.
The problem is that they’ve been missing the point all along the way.Read More understanding, signs
A Bold Affirmation
Jesus was the master teacher. Having invited his disciples to see what the rule of God looks like through the parables in chapter 13, Matthew brings this next section of the gospel to a climax with some pointed questions. Throughout this section (13:54–16:12) as we have seen, Jesus has been interpreted by the likes of Herod, the Canaanite woman and the crowds. He has been rejected by religious leaders and his fellow citizens in Nazareth.Read More Messiah, teacher, Peter
What do we do when we become disillusioned with God?
Asaph is the priest-musician appointed by King David and retained by his son Solomon to lead worship in the temple. But his role hasn’t immunized him against jealousy or bitterness. In this hymn he questions whether obedience matters to GodRead More injustice, wait, unanswered prayer