The Kingdom of God is a Party

It was Wednesday, January 24 and we were on our way home from my nephew’s wedding via San Diego.  We were doing our morning walk in Mission Bay Park when we encountered a guy named, Mike, and his guinea pig, Chocolate.  As we approached Mike, he was sitting on a rock near the shore in Mission Bay Park. At first glance, I thought that he might have been living in his car because there were some towels and other things by a picnic table near him. He appeared to be somewhere in our age range.  As we got closer, I could see that he had something on the rock beside him. Moving closer still, it appeared to be some sort of animal.  I thought it might be a real small dog or a cat; but it turned out to be a guinea pig named Chocolate. Continue reading

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Questions Jesus Asked #45

Matthew 22:31-32 – But about the resurrection of the dead — have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” NIV

Jesus had just frustrated the Pharisees so much that they had quit trying to trap Him and left the Temple area where He is teaching.  Now it’s the Sadducees turn to ask Him a bunch of questions to prove their take on religion. The Sadducees were the more liberal of the Jewish groups. Among other things, they didn’t believe in miracles or the resurrection of the dead. Interestingly, many of the priest were part of this group.  It kind of makes me wonder why they worried about offering sacrifices other than the money from their sacrifice concession in the Temple. Perhaps that’s what angered Jesus so much about what they were doing. It wasn’t for the worshipers’ convenience but for their gain! Continue reading