Posts Tagged ‘Matthew’

The greatest commandment

Written on January 20th, 2010 by adminno shouts

What is the most important commandment. Not a trivial question. At the time when Jesus was asked this, scholars had identified over 600 specific commandments that the Jews were expected to obey.

Jesus’ response in Matthew ch.22 v.37+ was simple and to the point. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – and your neighbour as yourself.

By putting the Father first, having a wholehearted, sincere love for Him, eveything else fits into perspective. Without that genuine afection and desire to please, we not only rob ourselves of true pleasure, but also make obedience an empy, unsatisfying experience.

Lent Meditation (1)

Written on January 7th, 2010 by adminno shouts

Matthew ch.4 v.1 tells us that Jesus went into the wilderness. Why?

To be tempted – it seems strange. We pray, “lead us not into temptation” but Jesus knew that that his experience in the wilderness would result in a powerful encounter with the accuser. This is an important point that cannot be ignored.

We need to prepare to face and be victorious over whatever would beset us at the end of our own time in the wilderness. Our weapons should be the same as those of our Lord: the Word of God, handled correctly. Anything else will not work.

To meet with the Father – there were far fewer distractions in the wilderness. It may be worth thinking about this the next time you find yourself metaphorically in the wilerness, stripped of distracting opportunities to minister, you can focus on what really matters.

To prepare for power – without the first two, there would be no point to this final entry. It is after Jesus’ baptism and wilderness experience that we see Him exercising real power to turn the world around Him upside-down.

That same power is available to us – but it comes at a price. To follow Jesus’ example as a powerful man of God, it is necessary to follow His example of dependence on the Father and His Word in the wilderness.

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