My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Matthew 12

Lord of the Sabbath

They accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath, but he justified it with biblical examples. Basically the Sabbath was broken for the temple, and Jesus is more important than the temple. He's lord of the Sabbath, and healed on the Sabbath too.

They tried to kill him, but he fled and told his followers to keep quiet.

Jesus cast out a demon, and was accused of doing it by Satanic power, but then Satan would be divided against himself.

You're either for Jesus or against him. There's no middle ground. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unforgivable. Jesus condemned them by their own words. You can tell a person by their words.

People asked for a miracle, but they'll have to wait for Jesus to be gone for three days to get their miracle, just like Jonah in the whale.

Jesus' family are those who follow him

Key verses:
30. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
34. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

My thoughts:
Jesus makes some big calls. Many people these days want to sit on the fence, but you don't need to look to John's gospel to see Jesus making some very clear statements that Jesus is the only way.

Another big call is to say he's bigger than the temple. Some people want to make Jesus seem like a guy who did nothing controversial. Jesus made massive claims about himself, in John's gospel and in the synoptic gospels.

How do you act? How do you react to things? Do you sometimes shock yourself with how rude you are when provoked? What do you (I) need to change about what's inside in order to change what comes out of you (me)? Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.


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