Matthew 9:14-17 Jeremiah 10:1-7
Some quotes, and possibly some are my reflections.
We like to be free but we like our traditions.
Rituals can be performed without Jesus at the centre of it all.
Doing things for the sake of the things, or the doing themselves, misses the point.
We don’t understand the inward focus because we’re too busy with the outward focus.
We fast for something we don’t have, and long for. Longing for intimacy with God? Fast from those things which hide my longing; fast until my longing is fulfilled – with his presence.
In discussions today during the ‘Growth Group’ I am part of, these things were mentioned:
We have a choice in how we wait for things
We can have an ‘earthly’ view (look at everything in relation to the present) or eternal view
We can – or do we – look back with hindsight
Focus on side-tracks can lead to deception/being deceived
Intensity may increase near to the end/delivery
A seed planted, has to have died first
Justice should be taken very seriously
The hard and painful stuff will have an end, but He who is absolute truth will not
Pay attention to the signs
Look with and not through the eyes (Michael Card’s words)