Matthew 12 is meaty; so much to chew on like the verses about mercy over sacrifice, or a tree being known by it’s fruit (something we’ve already considered in Matthew), or having to give an account for every idle word (EVERY?!), or the story of the unclean spirit leaving a man and coming back with seven more (EEKKK!). So which one stood out to you in your Bible journaling today?
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 12
This chapter begins with Jesus and his disciples walking through a field on the Sabbath. His disciples are hungry so they began to “pluck ears of grain and to eat.” The Pharisees didn’t like it and set about to call Jesus out and correct His disciples. Here’s what Cornelius a Lapide says in his commentary…
Tropologically: Bede says, “Those walk with the Lord, through the corn fields, who delight to meditate on the sacred oracles. They hunger, when they desire to find therein the bread of life; and that on the Sabbath, when they are glad to rest with a mind free from disturbing thoughts. They rub the ears, and purify them from the husks that they may reach the grain, when they take up the testimonies of Scripture, and dwell upon them until they find in them, as it were the marrow of love. But this refreshment of the mind is displeasing to fools, and is approved by the Lord.”
Don’t you love that! St. Bede explains tropologically (the use of figurative language in speech or writing) this is about us, as we read and meditate on the Scriptures until we find “the marrow of love.” He also states this POWERful practice is displeasing to fools. The world is filled with a bunch of fools right now.
And just as I typed that, I was quickly reminded of another verse in this chapter, verse 36, “I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter.” I just called a bunch of people in the world fools…and they call me a fool…and we each will have to answer for that.
P —I look back over my day Lord and I think, what fruit did I bear for Your Kingdom. This question of being a fruit bearer keeps coming up so I want to pay close attention to it.
O –The disciples of Jesus dealt with the same problems the disciples of Jesus deal with today: judgment and people wanting to see some sort of sign from this God we believe in.
W —vs 37…for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
E –The mouth…years ago when I sat down with my Bible, I started in the book of Proverbs underlining all the verses I came to about my words…and my mind. They work in unison, harmony…whatever you want to call it…they work together. So if I want my words to be true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, I need to think on those things. (Philippians 4:8) And to think on those things, I need to consume those things. I need to be careful what I watch, listen to and read; they will influence my words. (One of my favorite books of all time is titled, The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy Filled Life. I purchased it back in 2011 and read it at least twice every year.)
R –I am so thankful for Your Word Lord. I am thankful for Your holy men and women who have been enlightened by Your Spirit to shed light on the Scriptures. I want to be a joy thinker and a joy talker. I don’t want to hear a long laundry list of idle and useless words I said being read at my judgement. I want You to praise my words with a “well done.”
Share your POWERful reflections in the comments.