Friday, November 23, 2012
Welcome to Day 327 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
Matthew 14:13, “When Jesus heard what had happened [John the Baptist beheaded], he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”
Matthew 15:15, ”
Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 ‘Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20
These are what defile a person;
but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.'”
Matthew 16:9, “Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
It’s so easy to simply “miss the point.”
I feel for the disciples at times.
How cool would it have been to hang with Jesus for three years, seeing all the miracles, hearing his teaching firsthand.
And not getting it…
“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
Oh, no! (“He’s upset because we didn’t bring any bread.”)
Seriously? Jesus had just five thousand people with five loaves, and four thousand with seven loaves…
I’m sure he was stressed about bread.
The Pharisees and Sadducees’ teaching was amiss, being more concerned about human traditions like hand-washing, than keeping God’s word. And Jesus called them out on it.
But it’s so easy to miss it… The Pharisees and Sadducees knew the Law, but had a knack for misapplying it. The disciples are easy targets because their ignorant statements are forever recorded in scripture.
I’m glad mine aren’t!
Lord help me to get it…