Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Yada, Yada, Yada

These people honor me with their lips, 
but their hearts are far from me. 
Matthew 15:8

What would you do if you knew Jesus was coming to visit you?  I mean, actually coming to your house, and sitting on your furniture.  I'm sure there would be all kinds of things you would do to prepare - straightening, dusting, vacuuming, hiding some inappropriate books or movies (that's a post for another time).  When He arrived at your door, you would probably be there to greet Him, right?  Once Jesus sat down in your home, would the conversation be polite and restrained, or would you jump right in, picking up where you left off from the last time you talked?  The answer to that question depends on whether you have knowledge of Jesus or a relationship with Him.

Yada: Hebrew meaning to know completely, intimately - "And the man knew Eve his wife, and she conceived, and bare Cain. (Gen. 4:1)  Yada does not refer to the sexual act, but the intimate relationship between husband and wife.

God wants that kind of  relationship with us.  He wants us to know (yada) Him and be known (yada) by Him. 

Luke chapter seven illustrates the difference between knowing of and a relationship with Jesus.  Simon invited Jesus into his home, but he didn't really welcome Him.  He failed to show Jesus any of the common courtesies that were custom at that time - no kiss on the hand or cheek, no water to wash his feet, and no oil to anoint his head.  Simon knew all about Jesus, but he didn't yada Him.  But the woman, the prostitute, came in and washed Jesus' feet with her tears, kissed his feet, and anointed them with expensive perfume. She was reckless in her love for Jesus.  This woman had more than a knowledge, she had a relationship; she yada'd him.   

Which person do you more relate to in this story?  Do you have a knowledge of Jesus or do you YADA Him? 

Many blessings,

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  1. Great thoughts! I love the story of the prostitute who fell at Jesus feet. It reflects the understanding she had of just how much she NEEDED him. I desire to Yada him EVERY DAY!

  2. Lisa,

    I think I would pass out if Jesus came to my house! :). I would like to think we would pick up our conversation where it left off. I can't imagine going throuogh my day of nto talking to Him all day long, and I can't believe I lived so long without talking to Him, He is my lifeline,and I can't imagine going through the rest of my days without Him.

    Blessings Lisa!

  3. We had a skit in youth group once where Jesus called a lady and said He was coming for a visit. The lady went frantic trying to prepare. Then a homeless person knocked on the door asking for help. The lady would not help because she needed to get ready for Jesus. Then someone else knocked and she again would not help to get ready. It happened a third time as well. Finally Jesus called again and the lady said Jesus I am waiting on you. He said I have been there three times and you turned me away. I know this is not exactly what your post was about but it made me think if it. :)

    I want to YADA Jesus not just know OF Him. Great post.

  4. Hi Lisa. :-)

    I would probably feel overwhelmed when I see Jesus face to face. I guess the feeling would even be beyond words.

    Thank you for this very enlightening post, Lisa. Take care and God bless. :-)


  5. AS a child I would like to think I Yada'ed Jesus, So much so He was one of my imaginary friends. But now that relationship fell away- from my own doing not Jesus'. But the question I ask is why. He knows everything about me so what am I "trying to hide"? Honestly it's not so much hiding from Jesus as hiding it from me. But I do talk with him, just not as intimately as I used to- Am working to fix that.

  6. Excellent teaching post, Lisa. I never knew what Yada meant. Thanks for posting this one. Gives me much food for thought.
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

  7. I've often pondered what I think I would do if I saw Jesus -- would I fall down, would I run to Him? I don't know, even still.

    And yet, what I do know is that I would be much more like the prostitute and not like Simon because I crave Him more and more every day.

  8. This was a wonderful description of the difference between knowing about Christ in our head, versus accepting Him into our hearts. We can read about Him and learn about His Works, but until we accept Him as our Savior and bring him into our hearts, we don't truly have a relationship with Him.

    Wonderful post Lisa!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. Oh, I love this... "She was reckless in her love for Jesus." Good word... I want to be "reckless" in my love for Him too!

  10. I'd hope He wouldn't want to actually come into my house...I could never get it clean enough!