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OK, so it seems I came out with alot of questions this week…which means I was paying attention. I only read it twice but it was a good twice, if ya know what I mean.
Question 1) when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and they were chatting about food defiling them and Jesus said this: “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” So does that mean that Isreal was released from that law and were free to eat what they wanted? Just wondering.
2) I don’t think I ever noticed before that Jesus said he was only sent to help the people of Isreal and not the gentiles. Does that mean all the miracles he previously preformed in this book were all for Jews? I didn’t realize that. (ps: great comeback by the gentile woman, she is my new favorite)
3) In chapter 16: 17-19 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” What are the keys to the kingdom of heaven?
4) chapter 16:28 I’ve always wondered what this means. Anyone? “And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.” Is this referring to his ressurection? Or is it referring to His second coming? I’ve heard various explanations.
5)17:11-13 Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist. So does that mean John the Baptist was actaully Elijah returned to Earth?
Alright, that’s enough questions, Feel free to answer them in the comments if you so desire.
On to some other things that got me thinking. Here’s the biggy for me: 16:2-3 “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times! Ah the signs of the times…I think we should really be paying attention to the signs of the times. every time I hear anything about Wall Street and the economic crisis around the world it reminds me that these are signs of the times. I know our pastor preached a good message a couple weeks ago (which I missed, being in the nursery and all) about some of the prophesy in Revelation that points very much to what is happening in the world. We need to be ready. Jesus is coming people! Oh how I wish I was ready…I would love to be able to say that I’m doing everything I would want Jesus to see me doing when He comes, but, alas, I am not.
What I keep asking myself is, what am I waiting for? why can’t I seem to get my head around it for more than a few minutes at a time? It scares me, I won’t lie.
I should be an example to my family, an example to my friends, out winning souls for the Lord or at least having my heart in the right place all the time. Seriously, it’s important. Erternally important.
Ok, and on that note, I must wake the baby to feed her so I can get a few hours of sleep before she gets hungry again.