Date: Tuesday, April, 8
Scripture: Luke 10:1-12
Verse: Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ (Luke 10:8-9)
I have recently attended a couple of weddings where the bride and groom thought enough to have “kid friendly” food. Parents must have loved it. One of the more anxious things as a parent going to a reception or dinner party, is having a picky eater. The fear is the child will insult the hosts by not eating the food they are given, or worse announcing after allowing a forkful to barely touch their lips that the food is “disgusting.” Knowing there is man ’n cheese just for them, would be a great relief. Many of us have been in a place where the food being served is not to our liking, but, as adults, we have learned to eat it anyway to be polite.
When Jesus tells his followers to go to towns ahead of him and “eat what is set before you,” this is not just etiquette advice. As you may know, first century Jewish people were to follow very strict dietary laws. Certain foods were not to be consumed. Others were OK to eat, only if they were stored and prepared in a certain way. If you were to eat any of those foods, you were considered “unclean.” In short, it was a sin. But Jesus gives his followers a new way of connected with the non-Jewish people in these towns on the margins, through which he is traveling (see yesterday’s devo). More important than following the rules to keep oneself “clean,” Jesus offers a new value — announcing the Kingdom of God to all!
Few of us follow those dietary laws today, but we may be putting up other barriers between ourselves and others. Jesus instead instructs his emissaries to meet people where they are. May we follow his instruction today.
Prayer: I hear your call, Lord Jesus, to announce the Kingdom of God through by sharing your love with others. Amen.
Action: List some of the “barriers” you may sense between you and others who need to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God.
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