Monday, June 15, 2015

This week's lesson (June 13-19): Jesus in Jerusalem

As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name -- for men will hear of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm -- when he comes and prays toward this temple, then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the people of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name" -- I Kings 8:41-43, NIV.
TO: High Council - Department of Pilgrim Services
FROM: HCDPS - Office of Vendor Relations
RE: Spring forecast
More bad news from our suppliers; three of our biggest dropped out just this week -- and right now, I've got firm delivery dates on only a third of the lambs we'll need for the spring festival. What's going on?

TO: HCDPS - Office of Vendor Relations
FROM: High Council - Department of Vendor Relations
RE: Spring forecast
Word is that "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" is starting his own marketplace.

FROM: HCDPS - Office of Vendor Relations
TO: High Council - Department of Pilgrim Services
RE: Spring forecast rumors (ha!)
I've heard that too -- but it makes no sense. To be sure, he's been feuding with the Council for years. And yes, anything that hurts the Council's marketplace hurts the Council. But where's he going to put a new marketplace? I mean, we've locked up all the leases on the Mount of Olives!

FROM: Office of the High Priest - PR and Marketing
"New Resources for Pilgrims"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The High Priest is pleased to announce a new, one-stop resource shop for pilgrim to the Temple in Jerusalem. Conveniently located next to the Court of the Israelites, it will be located in the under-utilized Court of the Gentiles . . .

FROM: Office of the High Priest - legal counsel
TO: Office of the High Priest - PR & Marketing
RE: more from ARG
I'm forwarding the latest letter we've received from the so-called Alliance of Righteous Gentiles. As you can see, it's more of the same -- "blah, blah, blah . . . House of Prayer for all nations . . . blah, blah, blah." Please deal with this the way you always do.

FROM: Office of the High Priest - PR and Marketing
"Solid Support for Marketplace by God's People"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
"It's so convenient" -- that's the verdict on the new marketplace. Located right next door to the Court of the Israelites, the marketplace is especially popular with family groups from out-of-town who can purchase what they need, then step directly into the area reserved for their worship . . .

TO: High Council - Department of Pilgrim Services
FROM: HCDPS - Office of Vendor Relations
RE: marketplace ruckus
Looks like a black-eye for "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" -- his marketplace is in shambles!

TO: HCDPS - Office of Vendor Relations
FROM: High Council - Department of Pilgrim Services
RE: marketplace ruckus 
The enemy of our enemy is not always our friend. This Galilean is supposed to be the "King of the Jews," after all -- so why does he clear out a space in the Temple for the Gentiles?

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