What’s in it for me?

Reading: Matthew 19:21-30 Pardon me, but sometimes, I just can’t help laughing about how Jesus’ disciples behaved. Do you react the same, or is it just me? So here comes the rich young man who claimed to have kept all the commandments, and yet, a camel will find it easier to go through the eye…

Twelve still. Where are the 10?

Reading: Matthew 19:27-30 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (v.28). I have been brooding over the context of this…

Settling accounts

Reading: Matthew 18:21-35 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants” (v.23). “Then the master called the servant in.  ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow-servant just as…

Living in our Father’s estate

Reading: Matthew 17:24-27 I had to do a bit of searching about the temple tax, as I do not recall reading about it in the OT.  But apparently, it was the atonement money referred to in Exodus 30, paid every time there was a census, and eventually as an annual tax. Now, if it was…