The reading is a little shorter today 🙂 Here we go! Please read John 6:22-71, Mark 7:1-23, and Matthew 15:1-20. What stands out to you? Let’s allow iron to sharpen iron and learn something together!
“For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men – the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.’ He said to them, ‘All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition’ ” (Mark 6:7-9)
Jesus warns us not to “pick and choose” which laws to keep. Don’t make God’s Word void through elevating your own traditions. It must all be true, or it must all be untrue. The Bible is the inspired Word of God – we must act accordingly.
“He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. And she said, ‘Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ ” (Matthew 15:26-27)
A funny answer for the Lord to give a woman who was seeking healing – calling her a dog? I hope we learned enough from the Old Testament to seek out the motive behind the action. Jesus was not being unkind to this dear one, He loved her. Jesus didn’t answer her at first, but this was a delay, not a denial. He was revealing her heart – and aren’t we all richer for the knowledge of it?
“I am the bread of life” John 6:35
Jesus is our daily bread, always given to us in perfect accord with what we need. Daily dependence is meant to teach us to be relational. What a gift!