I've been musing on this since church on Sunday.....it was, as I'm sure *everyone* knows, Father's Day, and Pastor tried to make the Gospel lesson "fit". I don't believe he was successful....
OK, the text was Luke 7:36-8:3. A quick synopsis for those who don't happen to have a Bible handy (heathens! :grin:) : Jesus went to a Pharisees' house for a meal. While there, a woman (a "sinner") knelt by him, and washed his feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, then anointed them with perfume (the text used said "ointment", but the original Hebrew is perfume - *expensive* perfume) The Pharisee thought that if Jesus were such a prophet, he'd know who was touching him, and Jesus cut him down to size with the parable of "A man gave 2 servants loans - 1 for 10x more than the other. When both couldn't pay, he forgave the debts. Who loved him more?" The answer - the one who owed more. (duh!) He then chastized the man for not offering basic desert hospitality, and told the woman she was forgiven. (This is a *very* brief paraphrase. :grin:)
SO........how, exactly, do you make this fit Father's Day? I mean....I read it to the Sunday school class earlier, and *I* interpreted it to mean that we should NOT judge others - after all, we are ALL sinners, and none is better than any other. (Right???? Right.) The Pharisee thought that he was *much* better than the woman, and yet...he didn't offer to wash his invited guest's feet, didn't offer him the kiss of peace - both of which were signs of hospitality and honor. We discussed exactly how *all* of us do this - when I got into the sanctuary (the parish hall was flooded. Seriously. I thought about doing Noah's Ark...) 3 kids ran up to me to tell me that T. had "stolen 3 lollipops!"
So, I worked that in. "Gee.....seems to me ya'll were doing just this earlier. Ya'll couldn't *wait* to tattle on T - 'he's SO bad! He stole lollipops! WE were good - but HE wasn't!'. Yes, the "stealing" was bad - but, so was the tattle-taling. What makes *you* (pointing to T's sister) better than him? What could you (pointing to an older kid) have done to HELP him Not be Naughty?" (Well...we could have moved the candy box, we could have been more forceful about not letting him get into them....) I said, "hey - we ALL do this. When people cut in front of me while driving, I tend to get upset - 'Can't you see I'M IN A RUSH, here? What gives you the right to cut in front of me?' - gee, I'm doing the same thing the Pharisee did, huh?"...which gave them a lot to think about.
Pastor tried to make it work, he really did. I mean, he somehow got to the point of "Well, dads always say "one thing follows another, and this is how the story occurred..." :scratches head: I just...don't get it. No matter how I turn it around, no matter which version of the Bible I read, I STILL can't make it relate to Father's day. Or fathers in general.
I guess I'm just getting sensitive to this - I've been keeping up with the Torah Class, and the teacher is really working on getting us to see how the OT Hebrews thought, and why we NEED to know this in order to fully understand the NT. He's right - Jesus WAS a Jew, he was raised to follow the law (which, of course, meant the Torah), he read the Scriptures (which, of course, was what we now call the OT)...I've learned SO MUCH, and I'm only up to Exodus Ch. 21.
Oh, and on that note - why does the christun church ignore the OT, claiming that it doesn't matter now that Jesus has come? That is SO WRONG on so many levels, it isn't even funny! Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:17-18: "Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah - not until everything that must happen has happened."
Well, he did fulfill *some* of the prophecies...but not all of them. A lot of them relate to the end times - which haven't happened *yet* (but are close....we're pretty close). And heaven is still there, and we're still on earth.....so, not everything that must happen has happened yet. So.....for a church to ignore the OT is just....it's wrong. You can't fully understand the NT without a working knowledge of the OT. (In fact, a lot of the NT is direct quotes FROM the OT...but you can't see it in most Bibles. :sigh: I have a copy of the Complete Jewish Bible - the OT quotes are exact, with references. It's enlightening, to say the least!). This is one reason my children and I have given up pork and shellfish, and why we celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. We are discussing the 7 Feasts (4 of which were fulfilled by Jesus....we still have 3 unfulfilled ones!), and how we were celebrate them. (This is also why we will no longer celebrate christmess or easter.....pagan festivals, both of them. We'll do Giftmas in December, and Passover in the Spring, when the Death and Resurrection actually occurred . Oh, and Jesus's birth? Probably sometime in September, since the sheep were still out in the fields. NOT December, when it would have been too cold. The cool thing? The Feast of Succoth happens then...which just HAPPENS to be called the Feast of Tabernacles..some translations of John say that the Word came and...Tabernacled...with us. :grin: Succoth is also 9 months from Hanukkah - the Festival of Lights. Jesus was the "Light of the World"...do the math! :giggle:)
No, we're not going full-out Jewish. Don't need to - when you accept Jesus as Messiah, you are "seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:29) What is the "seed of Abraham"? The Hebrew people! (aka, Jews!) We're not *physically* Jews, but by our belief and trust in Jesus, we are *spiritual* Jews, and looked upon as such by God. So...yes, we need to keep our side of the covenants - celebrating the Feasts, keeping the Sabbath; in doing so we please God. Besides, most of the "kosher laws" are man-made - NOT Biblical, so we do not have to follow them (unless we want to). I personally don't think that God minds if I turn on a light switch on the Sabbath......:grin:
Boy..I got off-track there, didn't I? :grin: Oh, well...I guess I needed to get my thoughts out of my head and in some semblance of order. Or...not-order, as the case may be. :grin: