honor

A mother requests the impossible as Jesus reveals the Father’s wishes supersede his own (Matthew 20:20 – 20:28).

The mother of Zebedee’s sons (the disciples James and John) came to Jesus, knelt down, and asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” Jesus asked. “Grant that one of my two sons may sit at your right side and the other at your left side in your kingdom.” “You do not understand what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left-hand side is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the other ten disciples heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus

True defilement – it’s not what goes into the mouth that matters, but what comes out (Matthew 14:34 – 15:20).

After the miracle of walking across the water, Jesus crossed over with the disciples and landed at Gennesaret. When people recognized him, word spread throughout the surrounding country. People brought all of their sick to Jesus and begged him to let them merely touch the edge of his cloak. When the did, they were healed. Some Pharisees came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? Why don’t they wash their hands before they eat?” Jesus replied, “Why do you break the commands of God for the sake of your tradition? God said, Honor your father and mother and anyone who curses their father or mother should be put to death. But you say that if anyone declares that if