The opening words of this week's text indicate a change of venue and actor. "Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said" (Matthew 22:15). The venue has changed. Matthew is no longer reporting stories of Jesus in answer to the question of the chief priests and elders concerning his authority: 21:23-27. For the past three weeks we have been dealing with Jesus' stories in response to this challenge. Now it is the Pharisees' turn to speak. The counter-attack is on. They hope to entangle Jesus in his own words.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War 2, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.