(Overlooking Jerusalem from the top of the Mount of Olives.) Read more
Matthew’s Gospel paints a picture of two kings. One is the richest man in the land. He builds astounding palaces. Conquers armies. And, a force to be reckoned.
The other is born into poverty, is laid in an animal manger, and is a helpless child.
King Herod and King Jesus.
This is the opening scenes of the Gospel…
The past two days, we have been exploring these two kings. What they built and what they accomplished. It has been a powerful experiential study and provided intense moments of reflection.
(King Herod’s Herodium :: A man-made mountain, turned into a palace in the desert) Read more
There’s a saying that was used in Galilee during the biblical times, “May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.” The central idea was this – as a disciple, you are following a rabbi (your teacher). But, he was more than a teacher, he was someone you want to be like – in every way. The world was his classroom, and from sun up to sun down, you didn’t want to miss a lesson. Where the rabbi went, you closely followed behind his every step. The saying emerged, because as you followed along your rabbi on the dusty roads of the Galilee – the dust that got kicked up from his feet would be on your clothes. May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.
(May you be covered in the dust of the rabbi.) Read more