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THE REST OF THE STORY

Numbers 10-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Prov. 10:31-32; Psalm 51

Paul Harvey was a great story teller and journalist. He skillfully grabbed our interest on the radio and then told his journalist’s account of the rest of the story. Then he finished with a poignant pause and “good day.” I loved Paul Harvey’s work.

God is THE great story teller. In Numbers, God remembered His people through silver trumpets where music communicated and celebrated their faith. In Mark, a woman worshiped Jesus as she showed her love by anointing her Savior with perfume in preparation of the Passover. In Proverbs, God even remembers us by giving us wise advice and helpful words. 

But in all there is the “rest of the story.” In Numbers, the people do not want trumpets to celebrate, they want real food and they grumble and rebel. In Mark, they despise the woman’s expression of love and Judas betrays Jesus. We all corrupt God’s wisdom in Proverbs and the “rest of the story” is that we choose deceptive and perverse words.

What now Paul Harvey? We historically never want what God has to offer-- no matter how beautiful.

I think Paul Harvey would land this blog on Psalm 51. In today’s accounts, we might choose the laziness of slavery, or the manipulation of Jesus’ power, or choose to speak with perversity. But instead come as we are to Psalm 51. Recognize in every detail that we are rebellious to God alone. So be honest with Him. Profoundly seek Him to restore us to the joy of our salvation.

Start each day with recognition of our sins to God and be restored to fellowship with Him. Then through Christ we can proclaim as Paul Harvey would say, “Good Day.”

 

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THE GOOD FISH

Gen. 42:18-43; Matt. 13:47-14:12; Ps. 18:16-36; Prov. 4:11-13

How are we judged as good? The Jewish audience in Matthew would understand good or righteousness as declaring God as Lord through sacrifices and feasts, obeying the Law, and following wisdom’s instructions. In struggle, the Lord would rescue the Jewish people for doing right when attacked by evil. The Jewish audience believed the coming Kingdom of God was like yeast. The yeast of righteous living of the law would permeate the world. The Jews confidence of being the good fish and the ultimate judgment of the evil of the bad fish was a key hope of the Kingdom. And when Jesus asked “do you understand all these things?” the Jewish audience could answer “yes, we do.”

In our Psalm and Proverb reading, we learn that a good fish does good. But Joseph lived righteously in the midst of the unfair life events of slavery and prison. And Jacob lived righteously in the midst of deep depression. Righteousness includes being emotionally honest.  Righteousness includes raw honesty.

Let me be honest with you, this concept of righteousness, this good fish parable, leaves me feeling like a bad fish. Our culture, or family or how we look does not make us good fish. Forgive me for going off script, but we need to review the yeast reference from yesterday. Who is this yeast? Dependently, I need Jesus as my Savior and the Holy Spirit as my guide. Jesus Christ, the Messiah, must be the yeast!

Review Matthew 13 as a roadmap of a Gentile believer’s life and path to righteousness. We experience the yeast of the Kingdom of Heaven through Jesus and He spreads throughout our life in the midst of blessings and troubles. We now live as good seeds, through obedience to and empowering of the Holy Spirit, permeating across socio-economic barriers, different genders, nations and politics - living - in the midst of weeds. We grasp that ultimately “the Kingdom of Heaven” is our greatest treasure. And there is a final judgment. The good and bad fish are gathered at the end of the world. The bad fish experience eternal suffering.

How are you judged as righteous? And when Jesus asks you “Do you understand all these things?” Can you answer “yes, I do.”?

“Lord, You have guided us with Your Word with all of the wisdom and great accounts of real people like Joseph and Jacob. The greatest treasure is You saving us. You are the Righteous One. You alone invite us to the school of good fish.”

 

 

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