2021_02_22 Insight Post- Kim Feld
Updated: Feb 28
This week's reading- Matthew 15 & 16
I don't know about you, but I feel the intensity rising as we go deeper into Matthew's biography. In chapters 15 and 16, Jesus works to change the disciples' perspective from outward actions to revealing what lies within their hearts. The Pharisees and teachers of the law had taken religious ceremonies and made them the litmus test for purity, while Jesus said that we become defiled or unclean by the words we speak. It makes me wonder what He thinks about His followers' comments to and about each other today.
Over and over again, in these chapters, Jesus tries to change perspective. "It's not about what goes into your mouth, but what comes out. It's not about bread or the yeast in bread; it's about being aware of deceptive teaching. And Peter, I am the Messiah, but things will not look like what you thought. I am going to have to die, and if you want to follow Me, you are going to have to die as well." Jesus was continually challenging them to have God's perspective versus a human perspective.
Jesus said many challenging things that His disciples didn't fully understand until after His death and resurrection. Still, He kept pointing them back to Himself as the only way to the Father. Our faith hinges on God revealed through the person of Jesus, and if we are truly set on following Him, it changes how we view everything. His compassion becomes my compassion, His love for others becomes my love for others, and the Holy Spirit that He gave to us becomes my guide.
What change in perspective may Jesus be calling you to today?
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