Tag: Jesus

Restoring Community Among the Learned (Lk. 19:47-48)

Timeline: In the verses prior to Luke 19:47-48, Jesus encountered Zaccheus (vv. 1-10), and told the parable of the ten minas (vv. 11-27). The larger context or backdrop of the passage includes the events of Holy Week, leading to Jesus’ execution. Luke recorded the…

The Deaf

The deaf cannot hear. When the deaf cannot hear, the deaf cannot receive. ~ Yolanda Joshua As with the blind, the Scriptures seem to offer mercy and compassion for the physically deaf, and a commensurate anointing to open the ears of the deaf. In…

The Blind

The blind cannot see. When the blind cannnot see, the blind cannot recognize. ~ Yolanda Joshua How do we know we are spiritually blind? If leaders, how do discern blindness in our followers? The Scriptures seem to show mercy toward the physically blind, extend…

Death Threats (Jn. 12:10-11)

The details leading up to Jesus’ triumphal entry include an interesting brief nugget about Lazarus. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus….

Fig Tree Results (Mk. 11:20-25)

Just enough time passes between seedtime and harvest for our humanity to forget our responsibility. We “planted” ideas, actions (time, talent), money (treasure) and when the corresponding harvest arrives, sometimes we feign surprise…especially if we want a different harvest. CONTEXT. The context of Mark…

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