1 Kings 1-2, Luke 20
What a powerful quote in Luke about talking the talk vs walking the walk. Jesus reminds us that people who feel the need to be seen as important and greeted with respect, like the teachers of the law in that time, will be “punished most severely.”
Sarah, yes! This was so striking to me, and it got me thinking…why punished most severely? And, what does that mean? I think it comes down to pride and deception. The pretense of holiness and the arrogance that comes with it seems to be—to God—what is most despicable. It’s like that quote from Isaiah, “these people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote” (29:3). God is not in our pretense. We can’t honor Him when we’re working our way towards Him by rituals that are just by our design. A broken and contrite heart—He loves!!!
36for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. -ellie
We are blessed to see a glimpse of the divine wisdom of Jesus in these passages. It reminds me that though He is all wise it pleased Him to make the gospel foolish to the world. That those who believe would believe through His grace.
David’s advice to his son was to follow the Lord. Solomon sees that the Lord is the one who put him in power.
Wow, I feel like I’m reading the parable with the vineyard owner for the first time! What I’m seeing is that Jesus is saying to the leaders of the Jews that like like the owner of the vineyard, he gave the vineyard (himself/his truth) to the Jews as their God and they rebelled against him time and time again and didn’t listen to all the prophets he sent (love how this connects to chronicles and kings we reading) and refused to repent and bear good fruit. I think Jesus is saying and now you’ve rejected John the Baptist and you’re also going to reject and kill me (the owner’s son). So God is going to destroy them and give the vineyard to others. This makes me think of the fall of Jerusalem that came not too long afterwards, and the rise of Christendom where the gospel (the vineyard) was given to the Gentiles as it is today. However, Christendom has been declining and our culture is turning its back on Christianity. Earlier we read how the king of the Chaldeans destroyed Jerusalem before and took the Jews into captivity in Babylon but they eventually began to gradually return to Jerusalem with the rise of Persia. The Jews have been scattered all over the world for centuries with the massive repercussion of rejecting God’s son, but now we see Israel is once more established in our lifetime and the Jews are beginning to return, just like they did from Babylon. Goosebumps. It makes me feel like we’re on the cusp of a new chapter in God’s plan coming soon…. the rapture!?! Then it’s time for Israel to once again see the truth and return to God’s plans by accepting Jesus. They are gathering. Sorry for the essay!! Does anyone agree with any of this?
Wow thanks for helping me connect the dots! It’s amazing how both old and new testaments are intertwined. I couldn’t agree more!
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