“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say that if anyone tells his father or mother, ‘Whatever help you would have received from me is corban’ (that is, a gift for God), then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”
Some Jewish traditions didn’t circle the law to protect it, but worked to sidestep it.
What do people say today that cancels out the word of God?
#tradition #Bible #VOTD
“I am confident in the Lord that you will accept no other view. But the one who is confusing you will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.”
Paul sought to cancel the influence of one who was preaching a different gospel among the Galatians.
How does the gospel constitute a single “view”?
“Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”
Jesus established the badge of discipleship to the world as mutual love. God’s great distinguishing characteristic is love.
Love is how spiritual relationships are developed and deepened. It is the essence of what the Way is all about. How does love act?
#discipleship #love #VOTD
“to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.”
1 Corinthians 1.2
The greetings of Paul’s letters often reflected subjects and themes he would deal with in the body. First Corinthians appeals to a uniform practice in all the churches.
What does it mean to have one Lord?
#Lord #1-Corinthians #VOTD
“Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.”
Matthew 11.30 ERV
Jesus contrasted his Way with the heavy loads of legalism imposed by the Pharisees, Mt 12.1-8. While his teaching reaches even the motivations of the heart, it still is far easier than impossible task of earning salvation.
If it is so easy, why is the way so narrow? Mt 7.13-14.
#Way #Jesus #VOTD
“Jesus said a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was distressed that Jesus asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and said, ‘Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.’ Jesus replied, ‘Feed my sheep.'”
Peter denied his Lord three times as Jesus was being tried. Now, the Lord allows him to affirm his love three times and points him to his future service in the kingdom.
What message is there for us in this restoration of Peter?
#restoration #forgiveness #VOTD
“When I say to the wicked, ‘You will certainly die,’ and you do not warn him – you do not speak out to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked deed and wicked lifestyle so that he may live – that wicked person will die for his iniquity, but I will hold you accountable for his death.”
God informed the prophet of his responsibility. The wicked must be warned. Failure to warn would bring guilt upon the prophet.
Love is the great motivator for evangelism, but it is always aware of the weight of accountability before God for lost souls.