The Weekend Word

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  1. John 20:29 says:

    this lesson dovetails (for me at least) to the sermon that i listened to this a.m. (the late Adrian Rodgers)… using David’s opportunity to kill Saul as his illustration of respect for authority and how evil it is to conspire against authority if one follows God… sometimes we are smarter than those in authority over us and less evil, too, perhaps… but God is the one ordaining those in authority over us… a hard lesson for me
    these priests and leaders were so permeated with arrogance, love of power and evil, that they couldn’t even see Jesus’ authority…
    may not have been MLD’s intended take away here, but it occurs to me how much wisdom there is in humility (a virtue that i don’t fully grasp as it isn’t a synonym for cowardice at all)

  2. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I do find it funny with all the hand wringing that goes on today about the behavior of the church and the poor witness etc, that we see the same in the church led by Jesus. The story of the anointing at Bethany and the indignation of all the disciples, followed by the betrayal of Judas. We have already seen the infighting of the disciples, Peter having to be called out by Jesus and later we will see more betrayal.

    I wonder what the general public thought when looking at the ‘Jesus Church’ of the day? Well, we know most decided to remain Jews and Romans.

    I think the church screwing up is witness to the attack of the devil – that we slip, fall, get back up (repeat often) – if the church actually operated in the ‘saintly’ fashion we often have in our minds, perhaps that would mean that the devil did not think it worth attacking.

    We know that Dodger Glenn Burke invented the high five – perhaps Jesus invented the facepalm. 🙂

  3. Owen says:

    “Where is Satan at work? In the most unlikely place — in the Church.”

    I tend to think of it as the most likely place to find Satan at work. Where else could he best hinder the furthering of the kingdom than among those entrusted with it?

    Oh, and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Jesus invented the facepalm…..;)

  4. Michael says:

    Vs. 11 troubles people because they don’t realize that Jesus is actually quoting the Old Testament.

    Perhaps we need to revisit that quote in it’s context.

    ““If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother,but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin.You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
    (Deuteronomy 15:7–11 ESV)

    Far from being a verse that diminishes the importance of caring for the poor, it actually commands it.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Not to cause a fight, because I do believe in caring for the poor – but, it seems in this case, Jesus has put proper worship ahead of caring for the poor. Not an either or, but perhaps if your worship isn’t correct, your attempts at caring for the poor will flounder.

  6. Michael says:

    Perhaps proper worship of Jesus will also lead to carrying out His commandments about the poor…and other things.

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I think that is what I just said.

  8. Jean says:

    “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”

    Faith receives from Jesus; love does to the neighbor.

    There is no such thing as good works to Jesus; All good works are for the neighbor.

    There is no faith without love!

  9. Bob1 says:


    Thanks for the context, Michael. Context is everything — pretty much.

  10. John 20:29 says:

    “Where is Satan at work? In the most unlikely place — in the Church.” and yet the miracle of it all is that the gospel goes on and the gates of hell can still be made to give way to the truth of the gospel… “and hath God said…” YES He has 🙂

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