Posts Tagged ‘Freedom from the law’

Acts 15:22-35 Dear Brothers

Letters of love an acceptance

In our last time together we looked at an issue that arose in the church in Antioch. Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to settle the matter among the highest leaders of the churches. Today they bring word back to the church.

Have you ever been the go between in a disagreement? I have and it is NO fun. One of the hardest parts in this role is accurately conveying the intent and information from one party to the other and back again. Unless those involved hear it “from the horse’s mouth” there is always a possibility that there is some error in the relaying. Because of our own biases, even hearing it directly doesn’t always get the intended result.

Paul, Barnabas and the elders of the Jerusalem were taking no chances when it came to Read more »

Mark 7:14-23 Outside In, or Inside Out

What is rooted in there?

What is rooted in there?

In our reading today we look at the end of the encounter concerning food and cleanliness. Those who separated the gospels into chapters, verses, and topics placed this section together with the section where the Pharisees approached Jesus about His disciples’ hands in Matthew. In Mark’s gospel those same experts separated the two themes. Let’s look at the conclusion of Jesus’ encounter with this group of Pharisees.

Jesus has just put the Pharisees in their place concerning the traditions of the elders verses God’s Laws. The first is completely from man and has NO authority from God attached to it. It is NOT equal in authority to God’s commands either.

Jesus now goes back to the original issue of the food. Jesus wants everyone to hear this exchange so He purposefully gets the entire crowd’s attention. “I want ever eye on me and every ear listening to me for a moment. I want you to understand something.” Jesus wanted the people to understand this lesson. He didn’t try to hide the meaning from them, but once Jesus and His disciples were alone even they had questions about what He just said. Read more »