Lesson 4: Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

How do you treat others?   Do you worry more about how you are serving others than how religious you are with offerings and sacrifices?  The Scribe asked a very important question to Jesus, a question that would summarize the central theme of His message: In overall, what is the most important thing to do?  Jesus put it simply, Love God in a genuine way, and also love your neighbor, no other law is more important (Mark 12:28-34).  When the Scribe agreed with Him, Jesus then said, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God (Heaven)”.  Jesus was strongly opposed to injustice, and His main example was found in the Pharisees.  The Pharisees were political and religious figures whom Jesus had not trouble calling hypocrites, fools, and blind in public. He clearly accused them for not practicing the Kingdom of Heaven, nor allowing others to practice it (Mathew 23:13).  He also made it clear that Pharisees were deceivers who cared mostly about their superficial appearance, their political powers, and killed prophets who exposed their injustices.  Pharisees did not mind justice, mercy, nor faith, (Mathew 23:23) which are all essential in treating others better.  But Jesus continued to expose their injustice by saying how those who mistreat others will end up condemned.  How so?  It is not sufficient to pray for others, cast out demons, and give offerings.  No, this is not what God wants us to do.  He rather wants us to “loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, to share food with the hungry, to bring to your house the poor who are cast out, to clothe the naked and not hide yourself from your family” (Isaiah 58:6-7).  If you do this, you will be doing it to Jesus himself.  So the next time you want to know what to do to please God, remember what Jesus clearly said that we should do to be recognized by Him in the last days:  “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me water to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me”  (Mathew 25:35-36).  When did we do this for Him?  When we did it for the homeless, for the HIV positive, for the inmates in death roll, for the cocaine dependent, and for any other “undesirable ones”   Be the Good samaritan, and you will be “filled with righteousness”.

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About Noel

I am a person who has realized that the teachings of Jesus are centralized in the genuine care and service of others. I have evolved from fundamentalism to a moderate spiritual approach. I am a reflecting person who has grown to not fear doubt but to embrace it as a means to growth and increasing closeness to God. View all posts by Noel

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