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OYB April 13

Today's One Year Bible Reading


16:13-14 No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, heard all this and scoffed at him. Then [Jesus] said to them, "You like to appear righteous in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination in the sight of God."

16:17 "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the [Torah] to fail." As we have learned over the past 3.5 months, the Torah is a relevant and beautiful part of our future. Jesus is our Living Torah! He is the fullness of the written Word of God made flesh. He will never be outdated or obsolete!

Questions for reflection:

Think about some of the things this world honors...

  • Fame

  • Fortune

  • Sex appeal

  • Beauty

  • Dishonest gain

  • Security

  • Popularity

  • Success

  • Status Quo (don't rock the boat)

  • Independent Spirit

  • Me First

  • Live for the moment (not the big picture)

What else?

Who was Jesus speaking to in this passage? What would be the modern day counterpart of this group of people? What is God saying to us through this passage today?