Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Tuesday, February 10th: Isaiah 47-49 Mark 12:1-27 ~ Nathan
The portion of this reading in Isaiah that stands out to me, and sums up a lot of what we read in Isaiah, is found in chapter 48 verses 17-19. This is where God tells the Israelites what good things would have happened to them if only they had obeyed. God is a patient God, but enough was enough. He goes on in verses 20-21 to give an example of his patience in rescuing Jacob.
In the New Testament portion of our reading we see the wisdom of Jesus in three different stories. In the first Jesus tells the Jewish leaders, through a parable, what their future will be if they keep on doubting that Jesus is God's son.
In the second and third stories, we read how first the Jewish leaders and then the Sadducees, try to make Jesus stumble, by asking him trick questions. Jesus shows his wisdom by answering them both, in ways that the questioners didn't expect. When put under pressure by humans, Jesus calmly shows his superiority. It must have been awesome to have been a follower of Jesus at that time, and witnessed this level of wisdom in person, on a daily basis.