In Mark 6, the story there of Jesus feeding the 5,000 says that he ‘had compassion on them’. When I think of the passion of the boy who offered his small supply because he wanted to help; I wonder if the compassion Jesus had was not on their hunger for food, but was about their passion to learn about God from him. Jesus fills our hunger, our scarcity, with abundance.
King David wanted to build a house to contain the Ark of the Covenant, which was the sign of God’s presence during Israel’s forty year long journey through the wilderness, from Egypt to Canaan. God responded through the prophet Nathan that He does not need or want a house to live in. God dwells among His people. The message was that God cannot be confined to a box or a building, or to one single place – so don’t even try.
The Scriptures show us two very different means of managing pride. We see one source of pride in King David; and a very different pride that motivates Herod to execute John the Baptist. To think more highly of ourselves that we ought is what we call PRIDE. And so we are taught to show humility.
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