8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” ESV
Jesus- with an arrow straight to the heart, His words upend control, man’s outward rituals for righteousness, and religion as a veneer for cruelty and unkindness.
24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[g] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. ESV
Jesus- He could not be hidden. The words arrest me- again, again.
25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. ESV
She was brave and unrelenting; full of unfailing faith.
5 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus[h] charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” ESV
The more He charged them (to tell no one), the more zealously they proclaimed it (He could not be hidden).
He has done all things well…
Jesus could not be hidden. Is He hidden in my life? In my heart? The words stop me with the abruptness which they lift from the page as I read; again, again. In this moment, I surrender. Many years ago, I attended a small, living church- and the Pastor would pray every week: Lord, have Your way in us.
Lord, have Your way in me- and deal with me through Your unrelenting mercy. May You, may Your Light and Love not be hidden in my life. You cannot be hidden. Amen.