每日诗歌: 愿主赐福保护你 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO17DIeI7Ec)
Joshua 21 [Read]
Joshua 22 [Read]
Luke 6:1-26 [Read]
Have you ever seen a 3-D stereogram? It’s an optical trick that hides a 3-D object in a messy looking 2-D picture. It was very popular 20 years ago, and it made many people glad and many frustrated. Unless you find the right focus, you will never see the 3-D object. It can be very frustrating to try to find that focus. But once you find it and see the object, you can typically see it with ease the next time. Moreover, it will be easier for you to see the object in another messy picture. That’s how fascinating our brain works.
From Luke 5:17 to 6:11, we read five episodes in which Jesus had direct confrontations with the Pharisees. In each case, Jesus did something that was considered unorthodox or even offensive to the human tradition and dogma of Judaism. In each case, he tried to point out the essence of God’s Laws beyond the human tradition set by the Pharisees. The Pharisees simply cannot see the 3-D object, because they focus so much on the seemingly messy picture itself. As a result, they became unreasonably strict and harsh unto themselves and others.
The main lesson we learned from these 5 episodes was that God’s Laws were meant to point us to his righteousness and compassion, so we might know him better. Through that increasing knowledge, we might know how to live a life to please him. However, Jesus never abolished the Laws in any of these episodes. He was trying to help the Pharisees to see the real point. It’s like trying to help a person to focus in a 2-D messy picture, so he may see 3-D object in a stereogram.
As we read these episodes, some may happily take away the lesson that tradition should be abandoned and having faith in Christ means total freedom. It is like throwing out all the messy pictures and then tries to find the 3-D objects. They will no longer be there. The godly approach is to find the right focus, so we may see the hidden 3-D object in the midst of a messy picture. The encouraging thing is that once you find the right focus in one picture, you will be able to see it with much less effort the next time. Eventually, you will be able to welcome and enjoy the messy pictures when they show up in your walk with the Lord.
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