Let your heart not be troubled . . . No small task, is it? Yeshua (Jesus) is preparing His followers for His death and eventual departure from this world.
Have you ever watched a toddler exploring a beach or pool or even the backyard for the first time? Before the dangers, before the things that have tainted our understanding? It’s beautiful.
Have you ever eaten a dish that was too salty or spicy? Not pleasant is it? What if our sharing the Good News is too salty or spicy?
I am going a bit off topic here because, well, I think this is fascinating.
We have a choice to run to the LORD at the first sight of danger, fear, anger, need, want, loneliness, longing, temptation, desire, destruction — well, you get the idea.
My rabbi in Philadelphia used to say, “If a sentence begins with the word, ‘therefore,’ then read the sentences before to see what it is there for.”
My old buggaboo, context. Paul’s final words to the Philippian believers is so beautifully written. So worshipful. Yet …
Imagine this Praise! Anyone an artist? Or sculptor, lyricist, writer? The context of today’s verse expresses beautiful images of the throne room of heaven.
Paul’s first letter to the believers in Corinth produced a strong reaction. In this case, it was conviction of their sins — even deep sorrow and grief.