Monday: Dangerous Questions vv1-12
“Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” v2
The Pharisees were fond of testing Jesus to try and trap him, their minds closed to the possibility that he might have something to teach them. Jesus not only knew the scriptures inside out but also the hearts of those asking the questions and so the answers were never as simple and straightforward as the Pharisees hoped for. Jesus knows your heart, too, so when you come to him, come with an open heart and mind and learn from him.
Tuesday: Let the children come…. Vv13-16
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” V15
You’ll have heard this a thousand times and it’s probably lost some of it’s impact by now. It’s enormous, though. Unless we receive the kingdom of God with that childlike (not childish, note!) faith, open to possibilities beyond that which our often cynical adult minds will accept, we will not be able to enter it. Take some time today to ask God to bring you to that point.
Wednesday: Good….but not good enough. vv17-31
“Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” v20
Here was a man who had kept all of the commandments for the whole of his life. He had said and done all the right things; all except one and that one was his sticking point. He was so attached to the things of earth that he was unable to let go of them and receive the treasure waiting for him. We all have our sticking points. What’s yours?
Thursday: You don’t know what you are asking! vv32-45
“You don’t know what you are asking, “ Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink of be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?” v38
James and John had no idea. They had been expecting the Messiah to come and lead them into victory and wanted to share in that but their understanding was limited to earthly victory and earthly glory. Romans 8:17 says that in order to share in Jesus’ glory, we need to also share in his suffering. Are you asking the right questions? Are you prepared for the answer?
Friday: Cheer up….He’s calling you! vv46-52
‘Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” v49
You might need to hear this, this week. It’s been a tough one, hasn’t it? We’ve learned that we need to be open in heart and mind, have a childlike faith, give up whatever our ‘sticking point’ is and be prepared to suffer for our faith. It might feel like it’s all too hard and we might be tempted to give up but hear the words, “Cheer up….He’s calling you!” and know that Jesus is there to lead you, heal you and help you as you follow him.