June 23- Ch. 23

Jesus draws a clear and distinct difference between what he has to offer and what the Pharisees have to offer.  Here he says of the Pharisees, “They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,[a] and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.”  This stands in stark contrast to what Jesus said about himself in chapter 11, “ Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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One Response to June 23- Ch. 23

  1. Larry Martin says:

    Pastor I enjoyed your comment and tying it to chapter 11. In verse eight Christ cautions us not to seek to be called Rabbi. There is only one Rabbi and this is the Christ. He states further that we are all brethren. He cautions further to not call anyone on earth you father. You only have one father and he is in heaven. Do not seek to be called teacher for there is only one teacher, Christ. We are to serve each other. We can do this many ways. My friend Paul does it through teaching us the word, living his faith as an example for us and to help us live our faith. He does not seek to be called teacher but continually reminds me that God is my teacher. He continually reminds me that Christ is my father and my guide, not him. Woe to us when we make our faith into something that brings glory and benefit to us. We are to bring glory, praise, and benefit to Christ. Our light is to shine so that it brings glory and praise to God.-

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