8/31/2015

oops, wrong side

Friday September 11th, Mark 7:  31Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis. 32There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man.  33After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue.  From Tyre and Sidon on the west to the region of the ten cities on the East of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus leads the disciples from foreign land to foreign land.  The range of Jesus’ healing is ever expanding.  Is it ever expanding in your life?  It is too easy to view the righteousness of God in the form of limitations.  It is comforting to view the righteousness of God in the form of limitations, which are seen as being in sync with our limitations.  It takes a bit of blind Bible reading to justify that limitation point of view, but oh we do manage well.  The man was also a foreigner, Jesus touched the foreigner, bodily fluid, spit, was exchanged and we turn a blind eye to it all and focus on the healing.  In the process we do the gymnastics to negate the healing Jesus has for us, the healing of our hard hearts.  Where do you draw your boundaries?  Take another look, and ask yourself if that is Jesus standing on the other side.  

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