Who are you teaching for?

In Matthew 23, Jesus is laying into the Pharisees, the religious leadership of his time. This week we’ll look at that critique as a mirror. If you don’t want to be known for what Jesus criticizes, don’t do it. One question is simple: “Who are you teaching for?” The right answer, of course, would be […]

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Looking Back – October 19 – 23

Nice words from not nice people We want to hear nice things about us. We want to know that people find us wise. We love to be loved. Sometimes nice words aren’t nice. Sometimes nice words are the fresh cheese in a mousetrap, the sweet fruit laced with poison, the flattery before the knife in […]

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Do what they say, not what they do.

The Pharisees spent a chapter asking questions. They seemed to care. It was artifice. They were trying to trick Jesus. They couldn’t. They quit asking him questions. He didn’t need their questions to give them answers, however. Jesus spends chapter 23 of Matthew critiquing every aspect of their behavior, the very behavior they believed made […]

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it really is quite simple

The legal experts asked the law writer which law was most important. That’s what happened in Matthew 22:35-40. To answer, Jesus combines two commands from the Old Testament, a first-century mashup. The first, quoted from Deuteronomy, says Love God completely. It’s not a negative command (“don’t do this”), it’s a positive command (“do this”.) With […]

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watching a master

The whole point of 300wordsaday.com is considering what following Jesus looks like.  We’ve walked through most of 22 chapters of Matthew already (and some other territory). We’ve watched his followers (the disciples) do stuff and listen to stuff and argue about stuff. I was fully prepared to look at chapter 22 and talk about the […]

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