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Apr 03

The Cunning of Jesus

20120403-064330.jpgThe Cunning of Jesus

April 3, 2012 Bible Reading

Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19 Luke 10:13-37 Psalms 75:1-10 Proverbs 12:12-14

The Good Samaritan Story is what leapt off the page at me today. The reason is because it reveals the cunning of Jesus. He doesn’t teach through telling someone, “You need to do this or do that”. He tells a story that allows people to identify with a character that is righteous in the story. If the person is not righteous they usually end up convicting themselves of the wrongdoing.

The Power of Discovery
One of the best teachers in this life is the power of discovery. I firmly believe that. Most people I’ve had the pleasure of watching “get it” in life are the people that have discovered for themselves. I’m a powerful example myself. Hard-headed and slow to take advice from time to time, I often had to “learn the hard way” or “see for myself”.

What I like about the story of The Good Samaritan can not be boiled down to one thing. For example, I like what Brian said on the Daily Audio Bible today about “the way the Samaritan helped the man in need”. The Samaritan did it without getting in the way of God’s work by pushing an agenda. The Samaritan just did what was right for the man in need and so was called his neighbor. Irregardless of their place in society. (Samaritans and Jews did not really get along all that well).

What Jesus Says

Today my favorite part was how Jesus tells the story when the Pharisee that tested him asked this question:

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29 NIV)

Jesus simply let him identify with the righteous person in the story and allowed him to discover that his ways were not consistent with that by telling him:

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10:36, 37 NIV)

What’s Your Favorite Part?
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Your Invited

Beginning this Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 7:00pm, The Revolution Bible Study will meet at Panera Bread at Mullins Crossing in Evans GA. Come join me and Jesus. I’ll buy you cup of coffee… He can tell the stories!

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