Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Welcome to Day 304 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Job 22, Eliphaz is now speaking to Job…
“Is not your wickedness great?
Are not your sins endless?
6 You demanded security from your relatives for no reason;
you stripped people of their clothing, leaving them naked.
7 You gave no water to the weary
and you withheld food from the hungry,
8 though you were a powerful man, owning land—
an honored man, living on it.
9 And you sent widows away empty-handed
and broke the strength of the fatherless.
10 That is why snares are all around you,
why sudden peril terrifies you,
11 why it is so dark you cannot see,
and why a flood of water covers you.
(I am wondering if all that is true?)
Mark 7:17, “After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 ‘Are you so dull?’ he asked. ‘Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.’
(In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)”
Mark 8:14, “The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 ‘Be careful,’ Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 They discussed this with one another and said, ‘It is because we have no bread.'”
Jesus declared all foods clean!
I’m wondering if that is true, why Peter had such a difficult time in Acts when he had the vision and proclaimed that he had never eaten anything unclean? Jesus had declared all foods clean…
in Acts 10:14, “Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” 16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.”
Granted this was to prepare Peter to go to the Gentiles with the Gospel message and the gift of the Holy Spirit…
I have been wondering about this one particular issue all year, after spending so much time in the Old Testament. Then, in Acts, just a few days ago we read that the leaders sent a letter to the believers elsewhere that they should avoid eating meat sacrificed to idols and meat with blood and avoid sexual immorality. (See Acts 15:20.)
Doesn’t that send a mixed message? Keep THIS part of the Law (meat) but not THAT part of the Law (circumcision).
It’s hard to shake tradition… especially when it’s 1,500 years and deeply engrained in their culture. And the punishment for breaking of the Law was death…
So here comes Jesus, eating with unwashed hands, picking grain on the Sabbath, breaking both the Law AND their traditions… Forgiving sin, performing miracles. Shaking up the system, undermining their leadership…
So I guess the bottom line is Jesus, on not one but two occasions declared all foods clean.
There you have it.
(Having said that, I still think there is something important about avoiding blood in meat… because “the life is in the blood?” Genesis 9, Leviticus 17. Perhaps that’s why they struggled with this issue? It’s not so clear cut, is it?)
It’s like, I hear what you’re saying… but… what about…
Give me insight as to what is right in such matters…