Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

I know there has been a long delay in getting this blog out, but I fell down and hurt my back and its been slow to heal. Meanwhile Kerry Cassidy of “Project Camelot” has come up with some very interesting information. To say I believe it would be going too far, but it has entertainment value. Well, here it is: South American governments have been allowing Aliens like Grays to make Alien-Human hybrids, and these are the creatures marching through Mexico to our border. This is the real reason Trump was building the Wall. Also, Trump won the election with 82% of the vote (no wonder he was so angry); Trump controls part of the military and there is a civil war going on (check out the razor wire around the Capitol). The senators and congresspeople can’t get an answer when they ask about this situation. Trump and his team are freeing kids from underground bases (these are all the kidnapped kids you hear about in the news). Also, Kerry said that Biden is a clone, but that’s going a little too far for me, although I noticed that he’s not “the old Joe we know and love.” The last thing (which hasn’t been confirmed) is that there are 250,000 Chinese troops at our borders. The person who came up with this showed on a map that helicopters were at all the borders of the US apparently doing some kind of surveillance. Now, lets go to Jesus, a steady figure in a chaotic world. I don’t think we realize how fortunate we are to have Jesus. Another thing Kerry said was that both the covid 19 and the vaccines are meant to mutate our genes so that we are placed in a “cage” and our spirits are unable to escape when the time comes. I’ve been dodging my daughter who wants me to get a shot. But I digress.

Luke 13:31-33. Jesus is advised to move out of Herod’s jurisdiction; Herod wants to kill him as he killed John the Baptist. So he moved toward Bethsaida, out of Herod’s area of power. But it is God’s plan that decides whether Jesus goes to Jerusalem, not Herod’s moves or moods. “That is the city where a prophet like him should die,” according to the commentator. “It is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem,” Jesus himself says.

Luke 13:35. Jesus’ mission is to gather Jerusalem’s children and bring about Israel’s restoration, like a hen gathering her brood under her wings. Jesus is portrayed in the same role as God toward the wilderness generation: “Like an eagle to protect her brood/ he too yearned for his young/ spreading her wings, he received them aloft on his back.” (Deut 32:11) Jesus wished so much to do this, but they were unwilling. Jesus warns that the consequences for Jerusalem if the leaders continue to shed innocent blood will be judgment on the city. He foretells the destruction of their “house,” which the Romans destroy in AD 70 and by which he means either the Temple or the city.

Luke 14:1-6. Jesus said:” Do not invite the rich or upper class to lunch or dinner; instead invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame; blessed will you be because of their inability to pay. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Jesus is sitting at a meal with Pharisees and a man with dropsy sits in front of him. Jesus asks if it is lawful to heal on the sabbath. They give silent assent and the man is healed and dismissed. Jesus is continuing the jubilee program he announced on a sabbath of “bringing liberty to captives.” Jesus gets their agreement that they would pull their ox out of a cistern on the sabbath, so he says of much more importance is a captive man-be it disease or something else. They aren’t really following; they are eating in God’s company, but find themselves excluded from God’s kingdom.

Luke 14:7-17. Since the guests won’t respond, Jesus decides to teach in parables. As before, he teaches about what happens at the Pharisee’s dinner. He says Don’t be embarrassed by going to the head of the table and then asked to go the foot of the table because somebody richer is taking your place. Jesus said: “Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled (by God), but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Jesus preached this message because he lived it. Jesus had referred to himself as the bridegroom and his disciples as wedding guests. Therefore, the parable here, which superficially appears to be about social etiquette, is ultimately about how to enter and recline at table at the messianic wedding banquet in the kingdom.

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