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Jesus: Too Familiar and Too Foreign (Matthew 13:53-14:12)

Jesus: Too Familiar and Too Foreign (Matthew 13:53-14:12)

Misunderstanding from Familiarity and Foreignness

"Ears to hear!" It was characteristic of Jesus' teaching/parables that many "heard" but did not really hear or grasp what he was saying. Matthew has led us through many episodes, but wants us to engage the challenge, because it continued, then and now. Mt chooses this point to recount two episodes that are like little parables of misunderstanding and danger.
"Familiarity breeds contempt" it's a cliche. It also blinds people. We already "know" him. Jesus just taught people to be nice to each other. He was a great businessman, small group leader, revolutionary, popular philosopher, religious mystic, apocalyptic visionary, positive thinker.

Jesus was too long ago and far away. He's too divisive and dangerous. He can't speak to us. 
We want a spirituality all can share without changing, not a Lord who calls to discipleship. 
We're in a different world with different issues. We can't admit Jesus' power in our world.
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