Recent travels (the past four weeks, and I’m still not home) have prevented me from sharing with you guys what I’ve been learning from God lately. I’ve got so much to share, but it seems that most of what’s on my mind would be better suited for a couple of series than for individual posts. And, seeing that I’m still in the middle of a series (or of a long break from a series) on famous exchanges in the Bible (see adam and eve and/or jacob and esau), I’m not ready to begin work on another one. But I do miss putting into words (or attempting to) what God has been teaching me during my studies.
And I’ve missed being on the blog. I apologize for my month-long absence and thank you guys for still hanging around (many of you patiently, even). I really appreciate the little community we’ve got here, and I’ve missed you all.
Today, I offer you just a small portion of one of my 3-column studies from Matthew 9. [To learn what a 3-column bible study is, read this and be blessed by it]:
As Jesus turned the corner, he saw a corrupt police officer named Matayo. “Follow me,” he told him. And Matayo got up and followed him.
While Jesus and Matayo were sharing a meal of ugali and mchicha (cooked by Mrs. Matayo and her oldest daughters), they were joined by many corrupt police officers, cheating businessmen, and sinners. When Christians from a nearby church saw this, they demanded of Jesus’ followers, “Why does your teacher eat with corrupt policemen and greedy sinners? What kind of moral teacher would do that?!”
On (over)hear(ing) this, Jesus said, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. You guys have really got to go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.”
I desire mercy and not sacrifice. Thoughts?