Stewardship Corner

October 2020

Oct 24

The Pharisees gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him.

Jesus is a Jew. A devout Jew. A teacher. So when he is asked by this lawyer, “Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” he replies with the basic acclamation of faith of Judaism, the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5): “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all you mind.” He then...
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Oct 20

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

This week Jesus has finally gotten under the skin of the Jewish religious leaders, and they are trying to figure out how to get him to say something that they can take to the Romans as a sign that he is a revolutionary and a threat to the empire. They decide on taxes. If they can get him to say that people should not pay taxes to the emperor,...
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Oct 14

But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.

This is the third week of reading about Jesus’ attack on the Jewish religious leaders while in Jerusalem on his way to his cross. Jesus tells them a parable about a wedding feast where a king gives a banquet but all the invited dignitaries refuse the invitation. The king then sends his servants into the streets to bring in whomever they...
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Oct 2

Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.

Jesus is continuing his attack on the Jewish religious leaders that we began reading last week. He is in Jerusalem on his way to his cross, and he is provoking them into a murderous rage. Jesus tells a parable that begins by closely following Isaiah’s parable of the wild grapes. But after setting the tale of the vineyard, he turns away...
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