Too much happening this a.m. so I'll post in reverse of my morning insights:
Wow, my read this a.m. seems so relevant. Here I am reminded of the ridiculous back and forth "one upmanship" between fringe political opponents. Perhaps a truly religious struggle that better manifests our nation's spiritual vacuum?
Gotta wonder where all this is headed. Don't miss the last three verses.
"Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:34-40 NIV
A before that, this:
I can't imagine the privilege of journeying with this man, Jesus. (Well actually, I guess that's what I am daily doing!)
Here he turns a question about marriage and the difficult challenges of widowhood into a revelation about the resurrection, knowing these ultra religious have no clue about life everlasting!
"That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
Matthew 22:23-33 NIV
And finally, just before that:
I continue to be daily intrigued by scripture, capturing ever so much about our human nature, as well as the life of Christ.
Our deepest insights about the Christ are often by the Spirit, as we read. However, our human tendencies are so blatantly and embarrassingly obvious. Don't think you are beyond such shenanigans:
"Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away."
Matthew 22:15-18, 20-22 NIV
What a morning!!