Astonishing Wise and Mighty

Three years before Christ gave his life Jewish synagogue audiences were began having the time of their lives. Mark 6:2 gives a recurring slice of Yeshua’s life: he began to teach. We know when he stopped.

And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Mark 6:2

Astonishing describes the content of Yeshua’s teaching. “Where did he get these things?” is not a serious source question. He did not plagiarize and he did not recite Torah like a robot.

Wisdom describes the soundness of Yeshua’s teaching. “What wisdom is this” is an exclamation of recognition. Wisdom cannot be hidden and no one ever said “what a fool that rabbi from Nazareth is!” Yeshua was a vetted sage since age 12.

Mighty establishes the majestic witness of Yeshua’s work. They could not be separated from his hands. There was no mistake that things thought impossible and things people waited for all their lives were happening at his command.

Impeaching “45”

December 20, 2019

The thinly disguised longing for the good old days of Boss Hogg and Roscoe P. Coltrane has taken over the Republican party and the Churches The rejection of the authentic Messiah and a feigned commitment to the Bible (which is usually Solomonic wisdom or crude Sinai copycat), never got a grip in American life. The failure to protect vulnerable children from violence is proof that unprincipled leadership will not prevail. The 45th president may be celebrated as an unloaded 45 handgun, wielded by men who have learned to use words to incite but never learned to read.

Triggering a constitutional crisis has been the goal of radio heads and entertainers on television. Perhaps they can tell the “45” that the articles of impeachment are an illusion, and keep telling him that presidential power can protect him from Messianic truth (which is what matters if you read the Bible).

The GOP-dominated Senate will experience either a miraculous transformation from good old privileged boys to men of just principles or exposure as public officials interested only in their own re-election and confirmed as defenders of a criminal and incompetent buffoon. Gun culture takes a big hit just as Canada considers banning handguns. Kiss USA version 2 north of the 49th “goodbye” and let the Bigot-in-chief know his time is up.

Who fell?

4. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Galatians 5:4-6

It was both Jews and Gentiles. So it should not be strange to see people falling off the truck today. When it first broke Paul concluded that a bewitching was in progress: someone had put a spell on them. The church also had a resolute response to the assault; we are not following Moses and we are not admitting circumcision as a Christian practice.

Fallen and law-ified

We can imagine thousands of Jewish people who turned from darkness to light wanting to have a place of advantage because of what they found in the Yeshua’s disciples. What they did find was a lot of their sacred writings were in use by the disciples. It might have seemed to be be a waste of time- same God, same demands – what was the point? People will say that they are saved by grace and apart from law. Three same people will say that the way to show one is saved is to keep the law – that same law whose job was to point out what sin is. People who think that “justified” is not a reference to grace and blood and nothing else have not lawyered up.

If (a) the law was not given to save anyone and (b) the Jews were still seeking – in New Testament times – the one thing that could save what madness could have possessed them to try to repaint their law and prophets as the saving tools of Abraham’s God?

There really is no Christ in many Christians

Won’t it be eyeopening when the Jewish people tell us there is no God but Yeshua? We can fully expect them to confess being the original recipients of the gospel and can now clarify the message of the Anointed.

There are people who with a straight face will tell you:

  • Law is grace
  • Grace is a loan
  • Faith is works
  • Works are proof of life
  • Proof of life is love
  • Love is commandment-keeping
  • Noone knows how many
  • Noone is saved until the end of the age
  • Noone has eternal life

A new wave of futility

Wait until we hear that loud cry that the Rabbi from Galilee is calling men to follow Moses and the prophets. That will be a token of our times and may go unnoticed even by the people who have been frontline followers of Yeshua. That call is sounding now and growing louder.