I am still at the MJRC meetings and busy as can be. The nights are fun though, with time to talk with friends I don’t see often enough.
Yesterday, I shared some transforming elements within the gospels, things to look for as we make a discipline of reading and seeking deeper communion with God through them. Today, I include specific examples in many of the categories. Again, this is from one of many lists I will be publishing the a companion to the main book which will be called The Yeshua in Context Sourcebook
Faith deepening as we enter into the story: John 4:43-54. We might think this story of a Roman’s faith is examplary, but Yeshua is not satisfied, as vs. 44 declares, vs. 45 hints, and vs. 48 says it in Yeshua’s own words. What kind of faith does Yeshua demand from us?
Faith as the growing realization of Yeshua’s identity and power and gifts: Luke 7:22. John apparently held a certain view of who Yeshua was and what he would do, but Yeshua challenged him to draw on his knowledge of the promises of the Israelite prophets to look deeper. John 6:35. The disciples were fixated on the remaining pieces of bread and fish from the feeding of the 5,000 and Yeshua challenged them to look for more than full stomachs.
Ethics as submission to the Word: Mark 7:9-13. Religious people find ways to get around obligations that form part of obedience to God, such as this excuse people used not to honor their parents financially. Yeshua assumes the Word is good enough reason to lay aside all excuses.
Ethics as prioritized righteousness: Matthew 23:23. Yeshua indicates that even small examples of obedience are necessary, but that the priorities are justice, mercy, and faithfulness.
Ethics with love as the center: Luke 7:36-50. This woman, Yeshua said, loved greatly because she had been forgiven much. Matthew 5:46. The love of disciples must be greater than the love of people without God in their life.
Ethics exemplified by alms, prayer, and fasting: Matthew 6:2, 5, 16. When you give alms, pray, and fast do it for God alone.
Peace and empowerment through faith in God’s love: Luke 12:24, 28, 30, 32. God, like a shepherd, knows our needs and provides what we truly need. John 14:1-3. God has room prepared for his own in the world to come and Messiah will bring us home.
Peace and empowerment from the gifts Messiah and the Spirit give: Matthew 11:27-30. The Father has given all to the Son and the Son gives to his own. He gives an easy yoke and rest for our souls. John 5:25-26. The Son gives life and resurrection to his own.
Mission as commitment to the kingdom: Matthew 10:37-39. Love Yeshua more than mother and father so that you will deny yourself and in losing your life, find it. John 6:27. Work for the bread Yeshua gives, which lasts throughout eternal life.
Mission as working for the Son as he works for the Father: Mark 3:35. Whoever does the will of God is Yeshua’s brother or sister. John 15:8-10. The Father desires fruit and as the Father has loved the Son, so the Son has loved his own. Keeping the commandments of the Son is abiding in him.
Mission as healing, comforting, reconciling, redeeming, serving: Matthew 25:35-36. When you feed, visit, and comfort the weak, you do it for Yeshua. Mark 9:35. The servant of all will be the first.
Wisdom as humility and lack of presumption: Luke 14:10-11. Sit in the lowest place for God exalts the humble. Luke 18:13-14. The one who prayed without pretension is justified, for God exalts the humble.
Wisdom as lack of anxiety: Luke 10:41-42. One was anxious about many things, but the other sister chose the one thing that mattered more.
Worship as sanctifying God’s name: Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2. Hallowed be your name.
Worship as responding to revelation of Yeshua’s identity: Luke 5:8. Peter understands and exclaims, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man.” John 20:28. Thomas understands and exclaims, “My Lord and my God!”
Worship in experiencing through story his power: John 20:29. Blessed are those who did not witness personally but who believe.