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“The children get fed first. ” ~~Jesus

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Jesus challenges us to understand certain realities. The wise person doesn’t argue with him. The wise person has insight.

A woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where Jesus was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She asked him to cure her daughter. Jesus didn’t respond the way we thought he would. She knows he is right. She knows her place in this world. She knows children get fed first. She also knows if there is anything left from the meal, the dogs will get fed as well. That is how she responds.

Jesus is impressed. He heals her daughter. God is in a good mood and that extends to all, not just the children. No matter what our place in this world, we have a place of honor in His world.

“The children get fed first. ” ~~Jesus Mark 7:27 (The Message)

“Ephphatha!—Open up!” ~~Jesus

September 5, 2012 1 comment

Jesus was on a roll. A mighty move of God with healing everywhere. So, He left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns. Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him. Such faith in Jesus. They knew he could heal anyone and that nothing is impossible with him. He is plugged into what God wants to do. God is in a good mood and wants to heal us.

So what does Jesus do? He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man’s ears and some spit on the man’s tongue. Really? That is how he did it? Yes it is. I can see why he took him off by himself. 🙂

Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded:

“Ephphatha!—Open up!” ~~Jesus (Mark 7:35 The Message)

And it happened. The man’s hearing was clear and his speech plain—just like that.

“Your daughter is no longer disturbed.” ~~Jesus

August 18, 2012 3 comments

Does our faith impress Jesus? Jesus challenges us to have that kind of faith.

This woman came to Jesus and her faith was “over the top”. Jesus sent her home with the promise her daughter was well.

She didn’t argue with Jesus. She went home and found her daughter relaxed on the bed, the torment gone for good.

 

We serve an amazing God!!

Your daughter is no longer disturbed.” ~~Jesus Mark 7:29

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“Stand in line and take your turn.” ~~Jesus

August 1, 2012 3 comments

Jesus had been pretty busy. He took a trip to a new area thinking he could get away for a while. He entered a house there where he didn’t think he would be found, but he couldn’t escape notice.

He was barely inside when a woman who had a disturbed daughter heard where he was. She came and knelt at his feet, begging for help. The woman was Greek, Syro-Phoenician by birth. She wasn’t a part of the Jewish faith so not a member of the favored religious groups.

She asked Jesus to cure her daughter. While not a part of the in crowd, she believed in Jesus completely.

So imagine her surprise at Jesus answer. “Stand in line” He says. Really?

He says a few more things intended, on the surface, to discourage her.

She said, “Of course, Master. But don’t dogs under the table get scraps dropped by the children?”

This impressed Jesus. He told her to go home and that her daughter was healed.

Imagine impressing Jesus. What is the key? Don’t get discouraged. Keep asking. Believe that He really wants to help. Really believe that. Know that your turn is coming.

“Stand in line and take your turn.” ~~Jesus (Mark 7:27 The Message)

“Listen now, all of you— take this to heart.” ~~Jesus

July 5, 2012 1 comment
English: Sacred heart of Jesus Español: Sagrad...

English: Sacred heart of Jesus Español: Sagrado corazon de Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jesus challenges us to understand that it is not what we eat that is the problem. The problem is our heart. The problem is what we think, do and say. That is the real pollution in our life. Jesus is clear that it’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart in GOD’s world (Kingdom).

We need to know this about our self so that we can take advantage of Jesus redeeming us from the price we have to pay for what is in our heart. Jesus gives a new heart. Now that is good news.

“Listen now, all of you— take this to heart. It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit—that’s the real pollution.” ~~Jesus (Mark 7:15 The Message)

“It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes … all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” ​~~Jesus

Jesus challenges us to be concerned about the right things. It is all about the heart. Is what is coming out of us from a “pure of heart”? Or are spewing forth “vomit from the heart”?

We worry about how we look. We struggle to create a perception of a good life when at our core we have a problem. GOD sees the heart. GOD knows our heart. We can’t fool Him.

We must change our mind about what is important. We must focus on getting right with GOD.

“It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” ~~Jesus (Mark 7:21-23 The Message)

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“You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place. You do a lot of things like this.” ~~Jesus

June 21, 2012 4 comments

Jesus is talking to religious people. That would be us. He challenges us to really understand what God is saying and to quit making up things that only benefit what we want. Jesus isn’t looking for selfish people. He doesn’t want us to be religious and quote scripture for our own benefit. He knows we do this way too much.

He wants us to search out God’s word and act on what He is asking us to do.

“You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place. You do a lot of things like this.” ~~Jesus (Mark 7:13 The Message)

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