Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath
Jesus and his disciples were picking grain and eating it on the Sabbath. The Pharisees cried foul, and Jesus said David went into the house of God and ate when he was hungry on the Sabbath. He basically said they are doing the same here.
I actually like this. I've never been a fan of enforcing rules that don't make sense or sticking to traditions just for the sake of tradition.
A Man with a Withered Hand
On another Sabbath day, Jesus went to a synagogue and there was a man with a withered hand was there. the scribes and Pharisees were there watching to see if he would heal the guy and break Sabbath. Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them if it was bad to do good or harm, save or destroy life. He then healed the guy. The Pharisees were angry.
Same thing here, it's funny to me that they are trying to trick Jesus into healing a guy on the Sabbath and break the rules. Jesus basically says that he is doing a good thing and to leave him be, good stuff.
The Twelve Apostles
Jesus went to a mountain to pray for a while, then he came back and talked to his disciples. He picked 12 of them who were his apostles.
I was wondering a while ago if disciples and apostles meant the same thing. Apparently the apostles are a more inner circle type group or something. There were apparently 12 apostles, I wonder how many disciples there were.
Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude
Jesus came to a level place so he could speak to a great crowd. Many people came to him to be healed and to listen.
Looks like we are at the sermon on the mount again.
Jesus gives blessing to the crowd, basically saying their fortunes will turn around. Poor will be rich in the kingdom of God, hungry shall be satisfied, those who weep shall laugh. If you are hated and reviled leap for joy, your reward will be in heaven.
I don't like this last bit, it could lead to a persecution complex.
Jesus Pronounces Woes
He then turn it around and gives woes to people who are in a good situation
Seems strange not to be happy you are full instead of being woeful that later on you will be hungry again
Love Your Enemies
love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, if they strike you on the cheek offer the other. If they take your cloak give them your tunic as well. If someone takes your stuff let them keep it.
This all makes sense to a point. I love the whole non-violence thing. But if someone steals from you give them more? Perhaps in some situations this makes sense, but it seems like a terrible general rule. You can't even protect yourself from a thief, you have to give him your stuff.
If you love those who love you what benefit do you get? You should love those who hate you. What benefit is it to lend to those who will pay it back, lend to people and expect nothing in return.
Seems like a strange way to make this point. I think what he is trying to say is if you love people without expectation anything you get back will be good. If you expect a certain amount back, or if you have conditions or ridiculous expectations you could be disappointed. This seems like a good thing to put out there. But to ask what benefit is it to love those who love you, how strange.
Don't judge others or you will also be judged. Don't be a hypocrite.
I like this one.
A Tree and Its Fruit
Good trees produce good fruit and bad trees produce bad. Look for good people and bad people by their actions.
I don't like this because it paints a black and white picture. People are not simply good or bad, people are complicated
Build Your House on the Rock
You should listen to me and follow my advice this is like building a house on a rock. Don't listen to me and doesn't act on it is like the man building his house on sand