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Matthew 15

Read Mathew 15 – Jesus,  Jesus,  Jesus…. What a wonderful name. Today, we get to walking with him on the lakeshore…. We get to watch as he takes no bologna off the Pharisees over hand washing, and teaching us what he meant in the exchange. (:1-9)

Jesus gave them (us) courage to offend the Pharisees (false teachers)  by shedding this light on them.  “It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out; this defiles a person. ” :11 And regarding these hypocrites he says,  “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.” :14

The passage with the Canaanite woman is amazing whenever one is feeling insignificant. :21-28 She has been made to feel insignificant by society and Jesus kind of lets that play out. But she doesn’t let go. She reminds him that even the dogs get the crumbs that fall to the floor…. With Jesus, even a crumb is more than enough! And Jesus answers,  “O woman,  great is your faith! Be it done as you desire.” :28

We walk with Jesus beside the Sea of Galilee, and up a hillside as he teaches and heals people for three days.  Then he feeds them by once again giving thanks for the seven loaves of bread and a few fish. Gratitude can turn not enough into plenty with Jesus. 

Beloved, what do you need to seek Jesus over today? Will you carve out some quiet time to be with him?

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Mark 6

Reflections on Mark 6 – Beloved, there is so much to take in! 

First, the people of Jesus’s hometown amaze him, but in a very bad way.  They scoffed at him and dismissed him as merely a carpenter, one of Mary’s kids, :3.  “And he was amazed at their unbelief.” :6  The ministry was soaring. Jesus was teaching from town to town. The disciples were sent out, telling everyone to repent and turn to God.  And they cast out demons, healed many sick people, anointing them with olive oil.  Yet the people in his hometown did not honor him.

Then there is a shift from Jesus’s ministry to the death of John the Baptist.  Beloved, this always breaks my heart, but also reminds me that this life is short, we live in a fallen world and terrible things happen, but heaven is our part two.  Before John’s head was in Herod’s presence, he was in paradise.  He did incredible kingdom work on earth, and what Herodia’s meant for evil was simply promotion day for John the Baptist.

Next, Jesus feeds five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish.  After, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back in the boat and cross the lake to Bethsaida, while he sent the people home.  Beloved, do you wonder if they asked questions?  Like if we leave you here, how will you get to Bethsaida?  Maybe they should have asked, because when Jesus came walking by on the turbulent water they thought he was a ghost!  (This is one of my heavenly questions, were ghosts so common that this seemed logical to them?)  Jesus sets them at ease with the words, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage! I am here!”  : 50.  Beloved, may these words echo in your heart anytime fear threatens your peace.  

On to chapter 7!

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Luke 9

Read Luke 9 – Jesus is RAD!  Maybe that sounds irreverent, but I just can’t think of another way to say it. 

Our chapter starts with Jesus calling and empowering the disciples to cast out all demons and heal all diseases (:1).  Beloved, whatever Jesus calls you to, he will equip you for. 

We get Luke’s version of what we read in John 6… remember, eyewitness account should always be slightly different.  If it is exactly the same, it screams of collaboration.  The feeding of the multitude with five loaves and two fish is told by all four gospel authors, but we are going to stay true to our ‘daily bread’ and focus on Luke.  Verse 11 shows us Jesus’s attitude.  He welcomed the crowd.  He taught and healed them, as he taught his own disciples about caring for others.  “You give them something to eat,”  Jesus tells the disciples… Our Savior is always inviting his beloved’s into the miracles! 

Verses :23-25 Jesus speaks about picking up one’s cross and following Him.  Picking up one’s cross is a one way journey. 

Verses :28-36 cover the transfiguration when Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke with Jesus in the presence of Peter, James and John.  Wow, right??? 

This is so rich and I have only scratched the surface.  Read on, Beloved, read on!