Luke, the lone Gentile gospel writer, displays a heightened sense of excitement as Jesus “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (v. 51). The very concept of God sending his Son into this world to die for us was totally foreign to the world of that day. The simple words of Jesus foreshadow a goal the world still has trouble understanding.
Many of the choices we all face involve choosing between right and wrong, but the toughest decisions may be between good and good. In today's study passages, Jesus says “no” because of God's ultimate priority.
Choices have consequences, whether it be eating a second donut or buying a new car. Then there are the really big choices such as honesty, marriage and money management. But the biggest choice of all is God!
We forget – it’s either a human flaw or a convenient habit. Our forgetfulness means we often repeat the mistakes of previous generations and we settle for what is easy or convenient to the moment, learning the same hard lessons over and over.
When we talk about the United States we cannot avoid the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, our documents of origin and vision. Truth involves both heart and head. Ignore either one and the other becomes compromised.
Moses learned key lessons from his life as a stepson in Pharaoh’s palace, as an exile with a price on his head, as the deliverer of his people from slavery in Egypt and as spokesperson for God in a forty-year wilderness wandering. But the single truth that was his strength is expressed in his last words to a people who would experience the Promised Land.
Our story begins with Judah, the southern kingdom of the Jews, where the fabled city of David and Solomon was located, along with the temple of the true and living God, in Jerusalem. But the glory days are long gone, faith in God has been reduced to public rituals and the land is blighted with altars to pagan gods.