275 – it’s kind of a mile stone day! 🙂 You are doing great – I can’t believe how far we’ve come together! Today, we are reading Mark 3:7-19, Luke 6:12-16, Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6:17-26, Matthew 5:13-48, Luke 6:27-36, and Matthew 6:1-4. I have lots of little thoughts, I’m just going to write them as they come, may seem a little disjointed, but thank you in advance for giving me a little space. What is your highlight? Did you have more than one? Let’s read and then visit!
“He… called them to Him…. and they came to Him” (Mark 3:13). Isn’t it just that simple? Lord, let me just come when you call!
” Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation” (Luke 6:17). He came and stood on their level. As we come to Him, He comes to us, too. Right where we are, wherever we are. He’ll come to meet us and lead us from there. I love that.
Look at these verses:
Luke 6:30 MSG, Jesus says, “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”
Now see Proverbs 3:27-28 MSG: “Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor ‘Maybe some other time’ or ‘Try me tomorrow’ when the money’s right there in your pocket.“ Jesus always agrees with the word of God. (And again, there is no difference between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament – God was always kind, but didn’t have have the benefits associated with the Son of God made manifest).
I like how we can match up the Beatitudes to the Psalms – and how these blessings are specific to the ministry of Jesus. 5:4 – tenderness, 5:6 – desire for right living, 5:9 – restoration, 5:16 – reflecting glory back to God…
What a sweet day 🙂