Twice as much a son of hell

Reading: Matthew 23:13-28 “… You have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.” Expect me to be that preachy child in the playground telling friends and classmates that they’re going to hell because they worship graven images and make hand gesticulations that are un-biblical.  I did believe as well that as…

The Greatest Commandment

Reading: Matthew 22:34-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” v.36 Jesus’ answer to the Pharisee’s question was from Deuteronomy 6:5.  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  That should have been sufficient—one question, one answer.  But the Lord carried on—let…

The Lord’s compassion

Reading: Matthew 15:29-39 I am always amazed at the Lord’s compassion.  When great crowds brought to him the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and ‘many others’ (fill in the blank, my friend) and laid them at his feet—Jesus healed them.  Nobody was turned away.  And what a happy sight that would have been—people…

A matter of the heart

Reading: Matthew 15:1-20 “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean’”…