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The Gift of a Lump of Dough

Wives Legacy Family (Values)

Source: JOHN MACARTHUR NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY: MATTHEW (8-15), p. 373

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-09-19

Scripture: Matthew 13:33

Author: John MacArthur / Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

John MacArthur, in his NT commentary on Matthew, explains the cultural and historical value of a lump of leavened dough to a new bride in ancient times:
 
When a Jewish girl was married, her mother would give her a small piece of leavened dough from a batch baked just before the wedding. From that gift of leaven the bride would bake bread for her own household throughout her married life. That gift, simple as it was, was among the most cherished that the bride received, because it represented the love and blessedness of the household in which she grew up and that would be carried into the household she was about to establish.
 
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry.

APPLICATION

As women of God, we not only carry with us a legacy--a lump of leavened dough--from our past, but we are granted the responsibility of passing on our own dough--a legacy of love and grace--in such a way as to impart and permeate the generation to come. 
 
Be careful then to bake the best loaf of bread, hiding away within your own heart and the hearts of your household, the truths and blessings of the Kingdom of God.
 
"Jesus also used this illustration: 'The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough'" (Matthew 13:33, NLT). 
 
Barnett Gushin

The World Celebrated A Full Tomb

Resurrection Easter

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Contributed By: Howard Harden | Date Posted: 2019-10-06

Author: Howard Harden
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ILLUSTRATION

In 1922, Howard Carter made what is probably the greatest archeological discovery in history. He found the ancient tomb of the Pharaoh, known as Tutankhamun or King Tut. This was significant because, unlike other tombs that had been emptied by grave robbers, this tomb was full of priceless artifacts, as well as the body of King Tut himself.

It took eight years to remove and document the contents of the tomb. The mummified remains and his treasures were sent all over the world. Millions upon millions of people stood in line for hours just to catch a glimpse of a dead king. The whole world celebrated because that tomb was NOT empty. 

APPLICATION

As Christians, we celebrate because of the tomb that WAS empty! When the tomb of Jesus was discovered by women two thousand years ago, they expected to find his body. But instead, an angel said, “He is not here. He is risen!” (Matthew 28:6). 

The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is filled with more reason to celebrate than the full tomb of King Tut!

Living In Glass Houses

Criticism Golden Rule

Source: Words To Live By

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:12

Author: Charles Panati
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ILLUSTRATION

"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Lexicographers have traced the proverb back to Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Troilus and Criseyde (c. 1385), written when glass windows were extremely rare. Most windows, depicting biblical scenes in "stained glass," were found in churches.

Based on a Greek legend, the 8,239-line poem is the tragic love story of Troilus, son of the Trajan King Priam, and Criseyde, the widowed daughter of the deserter priest Calchas. Tolerance and sympathy are major themes of the tale, for many people want to keep the lovers apart--and in the end succeed (p. 210). 

APPLICATION

At some point, the saying came to mean that those who are vulnerable should not attack others (ibid.). Truly, in the broadest sense, the fact we are all sinners should keep us from hypercriticism with the faults of others (Romans 3:23).

But, a proper sense of our own faults, in marriage, childrearing, and Christian living, should cause a humility that addresses the faults of others not with stones but with prayer and compassion, "considering ourselves lest we also become tempted" (Galatians. 6:1). 

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