7 comments on “Jesus, Disciple and Pharisee

  1. As I recall, the Gospel of Mark is filled with accounts of the disciples being “so dull,” and Jesus responding in frustration. They and he show their human side; they reflect they are slow to understand before they receive and abide in the Holy Spirit; he responds as a friend, wishing they could see the Father in him and hear his words as they were meant to be heard.

  2. Great post. There are too many out there preaching the wrong messages of God. You are right on with your thoughts and insights of who Jesus was and how he treated people.. he may have seemed angry and frustrated but it was for their salvation. He hoped that his message would teach them how wrong their teachings and thinking was and to make changes. The apostle Paul was a lot like Jesus in his words as well.. To many pastors etc try the feel good and having to be all righteous to be even considered a Christian. Jesus never expected everyone to be perfect, only that they did their best, no less than that. Some were called to do more and more are expected from them. The Pharisees was a group who pride themselves on the power they had. A lot of people are that way and have become a stumbling block for many Christians, both new and old…..In my book I talk about the way the Pharisees and others were like and how we should learn from their mistakes… The one Pharisee that I talk about is Saul of tarsus who later became Paul the apostle of Christ. If you read the Old Testament, which I am sure you have, you can understand where Saul was coming from with his believes, even though they were distorted by his elders..Many religions that started out have become distorted and no longer hold all the truths the apostles once spoke of. In my book, I try to lead everyone back to a time when people believed and new the whole truth……. “Journey through the Bible A Fathers love for his children” By Kenneth Ruffle…. If you have any questions feel free to ask…..www.kennethruffle.com

  3. It would not have been loving at all for Jesus to schmooz the Pharisees with platitudes and diplomacy. Jesus is always loving towards others, it’s our definition of loving that’s wrong. To quote JacobEmet: “There is no love without Truth.” That’s not verbatim but what stuck and I heard it first from Jacob.:-) Good post.

  4. Don, the practice of dedicating possessions to God is equivalent to our current practices of a “bequest”, where upon the death of the individual everything would go to the Temple, but until then the person has the right to use it for their own needs. In that manner anything beyond the persons needs was seen as belonging to God (i.e., the Temple) and was not available to be given to the parents.

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