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The Failure of Imagination
“Some see things as they are and ask why.  Others dream things that never were and ask why not?”--George Bernard Shaw
One of the greatest challenges that Jesus seems to have encountered with his disciples was a lack of imagination.  He used parables and illustrations to explain his vision of the Kingdom and expand their perception, but their responses were often tied to the old paradigms; for example, “Who will sit on your right hand and your left hand the kingdom of God?” (see Matthew 20:20-28)
Although Jesus built upon the Hebrew teachings about the Kingdom of God, they only provided a beginning point for him.  He was not interested in the preservation of the Temple in Jerusalem and its sacrificial practices.  He was not concerned about elevating the people of Israel to the top rung of civilization.  He could care less about the place of Israel in the world economy of the day.  Jesus was invested in fulfilling the promise of God to Abraham that through his li…
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