Not friday but...I don't ever do these on friday anymore it seems like. may as well be consistent. :) I'm going to write 5 minutes on a passage of scripture I read this morning instead of a word to change things up for my brain. In don't know who goes to the trouble of reading these, but I love the exercise of free writing and think it warrants the effort. :)
Matthew 16:5-12New International Version (NIV)
The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”
8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread?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.”12 Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
time stamp: 2:30
If you ever thought in your mind..."well if I were God I would...." Jesus did that as a human. He showed us what it would be like for a God to be stuck inside a human form for 30 some years. Sounds crazy...sounds out there... maybe not if you've been taught that you're whole life but it is pretty astonishing if you consider it in new light. So we have this God-man and he says something about bread, well yeast actually. The disciples get all in a dither about bread and basic needs and disappointing Jesus because they hadn't thought about this basic detail of something to eat for the journey and now they are stuck in a boat with no food. And Jesus says hold up! You think I'm asking you to take care of my basic needs...like you don't imagine I can just make bread like I've done before? How do we forget so fast? Why to we always think on the most primitive basic level? Well, because we are human and that's what we do without the Spirit's help but this story hit me in light of current events lately. God says he's got things under control...we are not to fret around about little things like "bread" and our basic comfort whether that is emotional or physical. We don't have to take on the responsibilities we were never created to fix. Jesus was talking about the "Teaching" of the pharisees/Sadducees not the bread they were making with yeast or not. The kind of influence that made people stress the rules only and not the true unadulterated love for God that fills a person. It's anything that turns us away from God that is the "beware" message. So try the spirits, be prayerful, don't be hateful and quick to fill your mind with stress and unrest. Focus in hard and deep on the deeper message...what is it saying? Is it saying there is a just God worthy of our worship He is due...or is it saying the opposite. It will always say one or the other. And the one that brings no glory to God may not look they way you were expecting....it may be a long fake prayer in front of a crowd... a boasting tongue talking about the good the persons done... it's a messy job trying the spirits. But if you claim to follow Christ, it is not an option. You will miss too many chances to love and pass judgement falsely too often if lazy in the practice. So... lets not sit in a boat worrying about getting bread when it's impossible and when the source of everything is so near. try the spirits and then love in it's true form. It may mean reaching out in healing like Christ did, it may mean a harsh sounding word in certain situations if the person is asking for accountability. Love takes many forms depending on the need.
time: 2:42 (hmmm....nothing like making the 5 min rule pointless.)