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The Words of Christ in Read, Part 6: Matthew 14-15

“They do not need to go away; you give them (something) to eat!”

“Bring them here to me.”

“Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

“Come!”

“You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 15

“Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,’ and, ‘HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” he is not to honor his father or his mother.’ And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you:

      8‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,
            BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.

      9‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,
            TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’”


“Hear and understand. It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

“Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

“Are you still lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”

“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

“It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”

“O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.”

“I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”

“How many loaves do you have?”


The Words of Christ in Read, Part 5: Matthew 13

All sayings attributed to Jesus, intentionally stripped of context and without commentary. The purpose for this is included at the end of the last part of the series, or see all the way back at the beginning.

Matthew 13 (courtesy biblehub.com/nasb/matthew/13.htm )

“Behold, the sower went out to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

“In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
            ‘YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND;
            YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE;

 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL,
            WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR,
            AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES,
            OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES,
            HEAR WITH THEIR EARS,
            AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN,
            AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.’

But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

 18“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”

“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”


“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR come and NEST IN ITS BRANCHES.”

“The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.”

“The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

 44“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away. So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 51“Have you understood all these things?”

“Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

“A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

The Words of Christ in Read, Part 4: Matthew 12

“Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

“If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

“A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now something greater than Solomon is here.

43 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45 Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”


“Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”


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Words of Christ in Read, Part 3: Matthew 10 - 11

Matthew contains may of the "long speeches" attributed to Jesus. I personally prefer the short aphorisms and statements contained within larger tales. But that's just me.

"Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

"Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.

"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

"I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

"The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!

"So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.

"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

"Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

"Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. "

Holy cow, I think, this fellow is awfully full of himself. It's as if he thinks he is completely different from Mankind, a being removed.

Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

"What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: " 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

"From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

"To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:  'We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is proved right by her deeds."

"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. [fn] For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

"I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Since I've Kind of Walked Away From Politics Here

.. the side-blog at theo.wrymouth.com has been discontinued, even moreso than this one.

Wow. The political crap-slide since 2008 has been so overwhelming that I've sort of (sort of) backed away from political discourse. It makes me feel yucky.

Of course, little snips and snaps can be read on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Wrymouth,
And Tumblr has my more general "look what I find bright and sparkly" feed at http://thewrymouth.tumblr.com/

Here, I am retreating — pun intended — into a more theological line of posts, and some story ideas/ excerpts.

Enjoy, and happy thinking!

:WM

Words of Christ in Read, Part 2: Matthew 8 - 9

The Words of Christ in Read Project continues... publishing all of the words of Jesus, sans context, to see if a pattern emerges: what did Jesus think of himself? who did he think he was?

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"I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"

Jesus said to him, "See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."

Jesus said to him, "Shall I come and heal him?"

"Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

Jesus said to the centurion, "Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would."

Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"

He said to them, "Go!"

he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."

Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?  Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins."

he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home."

"Follow me," he told him

Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

"Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you."

he said, "Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep."

he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"

he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you"

Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."

he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

The Words of Christ in Red, Part 1 : Matthew 1 -- 7

Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness."

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "

Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "

Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people."

He said:

5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of
   heaven.
   
   5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
   
   5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
   
   5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
   for they shall be filled.
   
   5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
   
   5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
   
   5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
   of God.
   
   5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake:
   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   
   5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you,
   and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
   
   5:12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in
   heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
   
   5:13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its
   savour, with what shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for
   nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
   
   5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill
   cannot be hid.
   
   5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on
   a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.
   
   5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
   works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
   
   5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I
   am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
   
   5:18 For truthfully I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one
   jot or one small mark shall in no way pass from the law, till all be
   fulfilled.
   
   5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments,
   and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of
   heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be
   called great in the kingdom of heaven.
   
   5:20 For I say unto you, That unless your righteousness shall exceed
   the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case
   enter into the kingdom of heaven.
   
   5:21 You have heard that it was said of them of old time, You shall
   not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
   
   5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother
   without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever
   shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but
   whosoever shall say, You fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
   
   5:23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember
   that your brother has anything against you;
   
   5:24 Leave there your gift before the altar, and go your way; first be
   reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
   
   5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with
   him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the
   judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
   
   5:26 Truthfully I say unto you, You shall by no means come out from
   there, till you have paid the last copper coin.
   
   5:27 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall
   not commit adultery:
   
   5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after
   her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
   
   5:29 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from
   you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should
   perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.
   
   5:30 And if your right hand offend you, cut it off, and cast it from
   you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should
   perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.
   
   5:31 It has been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give
   her a writing of divorcement:
   
   5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife,
   except for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery:
   and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery.
   
   5:33 Again, you have heard that it has been said by them of old time,
   You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform unto the Lord your
   oaths:
   
   5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it
   is God's throne:
   
   5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem;
   for it is the city of the great King.
   
   5:36 Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one
   hair white or black.
   
   5:37 But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatsoever
   is more than these comes of evil.
   
   5:38 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a
   tooth for a tooth:
   
   5:39 But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall
   smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
   
   5:40 And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat,
   let him have your cloak also.
   
   5:41 And whosoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two.
   
   5:42 Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you
   turn you not away.
   
   5:43 You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your
   neighbor, and hate your enemy.
   
   5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
   do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use
   you, and persecute you;
   
   5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
   for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends
   rain on the just and on the unjust.
   
   5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? do not
   even the publicans the same?
   
   5:47 And if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than
   others? do not even the publicans so?
   
   5:48 Be you therefore perfect, just as your Father which is in heaven
   is perfect.
   
   6:1 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of
   them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
   
   6:2 Therefore when you are doing your alms, do not sound a trumpet
   before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets,
   that they may have glory of men. Truthfully I say unto you, They have
   their reward.
   
   6:3 But when you are doing alms, let not your left hand know what your
   right hand does:
   
   6:4 That your alms may be in secret: and your Father which sees in
   secret himself shall reward you openly.
   
   6:5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for
   they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
   streets, that they may be seen of men. Truthfully I say unto you, They
   have their reward.
   
   6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have
   shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your
   Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.
   
   6:7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
   for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
   
   6:8 Be not you therefore like unto them: for your Father knows what
   things you have need of, before you ask him.
   
   6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in
   heaven, Hallowed be your name.
   
   6:10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in
   heaven.
   
   6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
   
   6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
   
   6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For
   yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
   
   6:14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father
   will also forgive you:
   
   6:15 But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your
   Father forgive your trespasses.
   
   6:16 Moreover when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad
   countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto
   men to fast. Truthfully I say unto you, They have their reward.
   
   6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;
   
   6:18 That you appear not unto men to fast, but unto your Father which
   is in secret: and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward you
   openly.
   
   6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and
   rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
   
   6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
   nor rust corrupts, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
   
   6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
   
   6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be sound,
   your whole body shall be full of light.
   
   6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of
   darkness. If therefore the light that is in you be darkness, how great
   is that darkness!
   
   6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one,
   and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the
   other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
   
   6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what you
   shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you
   shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than
   clothing?
   
   6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they
   reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are
   you not much better than they?
   
   6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his
   stature?
   
   6:28 And why take you thought for clothing? Consider the lilies of the
   field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
   
   6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was
   not arrayed like one of these.
   
   6:30 Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today
   exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more
   clothe you, O you of little faith?
   
   6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
   shall we drink? or, How shall we be clothed?
   
   6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your
   heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
   
   6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
   all these things shall be added unto you.
   
   6:34 Take therefore no thought for the next day: for the next day
   shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day
   is the evil thereof.
   
   7:1 Judge not, that you be not judged.
   
   7:2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with
   what measure you mete out, it shall be measured back to you again.
   
   7:3 And why do you behold the speck that is in your brother's eye, but
   consider not the beam that is in your own eye?
   
   7:4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the speck out
   of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?
   
   7:5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and
   then shall you see clearly to cast out the speck out of your brother's
   eye.
   
   7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your
   pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn
   again and tear you.
   
   7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock,
   and it shall be opened unto you:
   
   7:8 For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to
   him that knocks it shall be opened.
   
   7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he
   give him a stone?
   
   7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
   
   7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
   children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good
   things to them that ask him?
   
   7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to
   you, do even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
   
   7:13 Enter you in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad
   is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in
   there:
   
   7:14 Because narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way, which
   leads unto life, and few there be that find it.
   
   7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
   but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
   
   7:16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of
   thorns, or figs of thistles?
   
   7:17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt
   tree brings forth evil fruit.
   
   7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
   tree bring forth good fruit.
   
   7:19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and
   cast into the fire.
   
   7:20 Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.
   
   7:21 Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
   kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in
   heaven.
   
   7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not
   prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in
   your name done many wonderful works?
   
   7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from
   me, you that work iniquity.
   
   7:24 Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I
   will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
   
   7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
   and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a
   rock.
   
   7:26 And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them
   not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon
   the sand:
   
   7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,
   and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall thereof.

The King of Malarkey: VP Joe Biden is the Major Frank Burns of the Republic

I am sad to feel this way about the man, but he has gone out of his way this week to illustrate his priggish, arrogant buffoonery, this time around with regard to controlling access to firearms, in direct contradiction of the 2nd amendment of the Constitution.

Here's old Joe:


"I think I probably have a much higher I.Q. than you do..."

And here's new:

"No law-abiding citizen in the United States of America has any fear that their constitutional rights will be infringed in any way. None. zero."


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Even assuming he meant "no citizen need fear..." the arrogance radiating from the man is palpable. He is the antithesis of "public servant."

I do not ashame easily, when it comes to behavior of federal representatives. I lived through Nixon, and Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Color me ashamed of this man. And moreso, aware that about half the nation thinks him worthy of the office.

My apologies.

The Last Hurrah: Words of Christ in Read, Part 0: Introduction

Before I transfer control of The Wry Mouth to Tumblr (see here), I wanted to satisfy a curiosity of mine:

A popular myth regarding Jesus of Nazareth is that the real Jesus of Nazareth said many wise things, but never claimed to be God or a God. So many people (think, for example, of Thomas Jefferson, and his Thomas Jefferson's Bible, with all the miraculous stuff extracted) suppose that, if the overlaid, false statements of godhood that were attributed to Christ could be removed, then the "wise teacher" Jesus, the original Jesus, could be discovered in the other, less particular sayings.

E.G., "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Everybody loves that one.

But my hypothesis, which I propose to test in the posts following, is this: that the attitude of Jesus being God, or of treating his disciples and the general Jewish nation and the gentiles surrounding as if He were teaching them how to be more perfectly human, while remaining Himself something apart from us — that attitude runs all through everything He is recorded as having said. Not just certain parts of it.

And if that is the case — what does it say about the character of Jesus? Who, or what, was He?

Jesus sticks out in history. As such, He is worthwhile studying.

Pack Rat

I remember, he said.

When I complimented your toenail polish, you smiled the way I remember you smiling.

A small thing.

1 Corinthians 15

If I had to choose only one chapter of the new testament to preserve, this might be the one. It contains a creed most think dates back to a few years after Christ's death and affirms the resurrection. And then, Paul builds on the creed, stating, "if Christ is not raised, then we are most to be pitied."

(c)1961 Wry Mouth

fake people in church

went to church today, sitting in the back, idly trying to spot the fake people in the congregation.

realized it was pretty much only me.

The End

At the end of a bad week, on a worse day, all I have, stripped of irony, void of joy, is this:

"Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!" and again, "if you will, make me clean."

New Hobby for a Modern Age

I have decided to breed cats until I get a dog.

This may take some time.

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