Today's Reading: John 7: 19-30
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The Jews wanted to kill Jesus(v. 1) because they thought they knew the Law and they knew God. Jesus was still referring to how he healed the cripple at the pool and was then accused of sabbath-breaking because he told the man to carry his mattress.
N.T. Wright comments on this point saying:
To make the point, he gives the example of circumcision. In order to keep the law of Moses, he says, a boy will be circumcised on the eighth day after birth, even if it's a sabbath. In other words, something that looks as though it's breaking the sabbath has to be done even on that day, in order to make one tiny part of a baby boy's body conform to God's will. Now, supposing it's possible to make a person's entire body whole and sound on the sabbath; isn't that even more important?
N.t. Wright then says in later paragraph: It isn't that they do know God but aren't sure if Jesus comes from God; it is, rather, that they don't even know God, and so naturally cannot associate the Jesus they are seeing with the true God.
Do you think you would kill Jesus or Jesus' servants because you do not really know God?
Have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage of scripture we have just read. Offer this time up to God as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe"
What I heard from Jesus today is: Kill Jesus?
That's what I heard from Jesus and that seems an impossible question. If you are reading this blog then you should be a Christian, how can you kill Jesus, right? Not at all, because we do not really know God and do not have an intimate personal relationship with him, we might make the same mistake as those people.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to know and love you more and that we will never kill you or your servants. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
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