Jan 11, 2018
In chapter 19 of Genesis we heard what happened to Lot and his daughters after being saved from Sodom. The sons of Lot’s daughters became the ancestors of the Moabite and Ammonite races who were always at war with God’s people.
In chapter 10, Job accused God,
13 But now I know that all that time [since birth]
you were secretly planning to harm me.
14 You were watching to see if I would sin,
so that you could refuse to forgive me.
15 As soon as I sin, I'm in trouble with you,
but when I do right, I get no credit.
I am miserable and covered with shame.
Yesterday's reading in Mark 6 was of Jesus feeding 5,000+ and walking on water.
I would like to challenge each of my listeners to dig deeper to find a spiritual gem behind Jesus’ seemingly harsh and impolite first answer to the Syro-Phoenician woman. I encourage you to ask what right anyone (and especially any Gentile) would have to come to Jesus and ask for a miracle. With that question in mind, I encourage you to read all of Ephesians chapter 2.
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GNT Translation notes:
Gen. 20:2 he [told people//said] that his wife Sarah was his sister. So King Abimelech of Gerar had Sarah brought to him.
Mrk. 7:8 “You put aside God's command and [instead] obey human teachings.”
6 Jesus answered them, “How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you[— you hypocrites!//! You are hypocrites,] [It’s] just as he wrote:
11 But you teach that if people have something they could use to help their father or mother, but say, ‘This is Corban’ (which means, it [already has been promised as an offering] belongs to God),
18 “You are no [smarter//more intelligent] than the others,”
33 [So Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd. First he put his fingers in the man's ears. Then, spitting on his own fingers, he touched the man's tongue. //So Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd, put his fingers in the man's ears, spat, and touched the man's tongue.]
NLT Translation notes:
Gen. 20:17 But God heard the boy crying, and [an//the] angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.
26 “This is the first I’ve heard of it,” Abimelech answered. “I have no idea who is responsible. You [0/have] never complained about this before.”