I laughed as I was reading and this thought popped in my head, “Jesus is the New insurance plan.”
When the critics inquired why Jesus’ disciples were not fasting, Jesus explained that God was now working in a new way. The disciples of the Pharisees and of John were under the Old Testament Plan, filled with Jewish legalism and customs. Jesus’ disciples were celebrating Christ’s presence, and the new way, the New Testament Plan, full-coverage, deductible already paid, free from old habits and prejudices.
WHY, yes, I’ll subscribe to the NEW plan, thanks!
33 Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?” 34 And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?”
37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 But new Wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he say the old is better.Luke 5: 33-34 & Luke 5:37-39 (NKJV)
I’ve had 4 jobs since 2020. And I’m getting ready to start my 5th since COVID hit. That’s a record. My husband moaned taxes for 2020 were going to be a nightmare.
March 27 – Job 1 ends – worked HR for about 6 months, and family decided to sell company, and then COVID hit – Filed Unemployment claim, don’t receive any checks until June.
August 17 – Job 2 – P/T HR – that lasted only 2 days!!! A manager wasn’t present when I was interviewed/hired, and when he returned he had someone else in mind for the position…they had to do the interview & after (I can’t prove it) – they just told me it wasn’t working. Training was going great! WHAT? No worries, because I got a call from another company…
August 31st – Nov. 6th – Job 3 – Law Firm Receptionist – swore I’d never work for the legal industry ever again (and I mean ever) but it’s been 15 years… thought maybe it be would different in another state, and easy job of just answering phones…should be fun. It wasn’t. Quickly put out my resume again.
Nov. 16th – Jan 12th – Job 4 – Admin Assist for Metal Fabrication – GREAT 6 hour daily job and good pay. Loved it, but with family owned companies, there is always nepotism and the daughter decided she was going to keep doing payables after all, which was my primary function so they kept me long enough to help clean up old files at the end of the year. What just happened? Requested Unemployment claim to be reactivated.
Feb. 12th – Job 5 – last Friday, I get a TEXT from a head hunter. They must have been someone I reached out to last March? They have an opening for a contract job lasting until end of June. AND without even being interviewed, I can start tomorrow or next Wed. WHAT?
As I’m sure you’ve seen on the news, just the end of 2020, Portland, Oregon was a place of protest and civil unrest for several months and much damage to the area had been done to businesses, etc. Honestly, I’ve been relieved to live 3 hours away and with COVID, our kids’ soccer tournaments to that area were cancelled so we haven’t had to be physically near it, where some peaceful protests erupted into violence and riots.
Interestingly enough, I was recently reading about how Jesus first cast out a demon. And I looked up demon possession today to see how prevalent it is…and though I’m not Catholic, I was surprised of an AP news article I came across from Oct. 2020, about Priests in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California performed outdoor exorcisms to drive out lingering evil spirits after protests. I had NO IDEA this had happened.
So much news focused on protests, encounters of protesters with police, damage to buildings, people disappearing for questioning, etc. The same negative news continually on repeat for days and days…but not once did I see any mention of this. It would have been a nice break, and maybe given us some hope for peaceful congregating of masses.
33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, 34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.Luke 4:33-35 (NKJV)