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Jesus: Consider the lilies

PELLA, JANUARY, AD 30

The persistent subject of wealth came up again at the evening meal at the camp here. The apostles were curious about the sermon they had missed earlier, and Andrew asked Jesus to repeat his comments. Jesus agreed, but cautioned his apostles that his comments to them would be somewhat modified, since as apostles they had given up all to follow Jesus.

Jesus said: “When you are tempted to doubt the sureness of your bread, consider the ravens of the field. They do not sow nor reap, yet they are fed. These things are out of your hands, can you by anxiety add a hairbreadth to your stature or a day to your lives?” Jesus then pointed to the distant hills. “Consider the lilies, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is cut down and cast into the fire, how much more shall he clothe you, the ambassadors of the heavenly kingdom.”

Jesus then warned the apostles that they would soon be sorely tried. He cautioned them to be ready for the unexpected moment of their testing: “In the time of testing, a man’s soul is revealed; trial discloses what really is in the heart.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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